Wine Tour New Zealand
Wine tour New Zealand - A quick intro ...
A wine tour through New Zealand is a journey 100% pure nature! Indeed, the slogan of the New Zealand Tourist Board is more than true. New Zealand is the destination for wine and nature lovers. From the northernmost subtropical tip to the southernmost tip at Steward Island, New Zealand has an unbelievably wide range of nature and beautiful vineyards with fine wines and authentic wineries amidst these fantastic landscapes.
When you go on a wine tour through New Zealand, you will not only taste delicious wines, but also a number of special wines, each with its own character. Where the South Island produces mainly red wines with a wetter climate, the North Island mainly has white wines, thanks to the drier climate. In addition to the well-known Sauvignon Banc, New Zealand offers a number of other white grape varieties, for example Albarino, Arneis, and Viognier, imported from Europe for the majority of them. By adapting to the typical New Zealand climate, you get unique and special wines that you as a wine lover definitely want to taste.
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What are the best wine regions and wine routes to visit on a New Zealand wine tour?
New Zealand has an unbelievably large number of wine regions, each with their own climate specific properties. From the warmer north to the wetter south, wherever you will visit New Zealand on the wine tour of a lifetime, you will see beautiful landscapes passing by and going from surprise to surprise when visiting every planned winery.
New Zealand has very diverse but all unique wines thanks to its geographical location. As you visit the different wineries in each wine region, the various excursions and visits will take you through New Zealand’s unique wine history. Learn all about the wine history from the first immigrants who imported vines in the early nineteenth century to start their own vineyards until today how New Zealand wines are exported on the world market and more.
Since then, despite having only 1% of the world wine market, New Zealand has become one of the wine countries with the highest quality wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, thanks to the special climate that the country has.
As you go through the different wine routes, you will see different grape varieties. Especially in the north that has a warmer climate, you will mainly see and taste white grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, of course, but also the Chardonnay, the Riesling, Pinot Gris, but also the Gewürztraminer. Nowadays there is also experimentation with new grape varieties such as the Arneis or the Tempranillo, or the Gamay Noir to produce the next generation top quality wines. Thanks to all these assets, some New Zealand wineries have been able to win some very prestigious world class wine awards.
In New Zealand, the seasons are reversed compared to ours in the northern hemisphere. Winter in New Zealand is in July and August while it is summer with us, and New Zealand summer takes place in December and January. It is therefore important to take this into account when you are planning a wine tour to New Zealand. As far as we are concerned, the best season is late September to late October when you can expect the last snow on the mountain tops on the way to spring there. This not only produces beautiful sunny days, but also typical New Zealand landscapes that you would like to photograph.
On the other hand, if you want to harvest grapes, it is best to go around March or April during the local autumn. Grapes are then harvested and the wineries are busy preparing for the new wines. New Zealand also has a number of wine festivals every year that are worth visiting.
Whatever season you prefer, every season has its charms that you cannot ignore. We are happy to help you determine your ideal choice so that you can experience an unforgettable wine tour to New Zealand that you will not soon forget. Request a free quote now.
New Zealand is a beautiful wine country with many accommodation options to spend the night amidst the vineyards. Many wineries in New Zealand offer you the opportunity to stay overnight from the simple bed & breakfast to the most luxurious overnight stay with all the trimmings in a fairytale environment. In addition, many wine hotels have their own restaurant to offer you the opportunity to dine and where you will be recommended local wines from local wineries. This gives you an extra opportunity to get to know New Zealand better as a wine country.
Whatever accommodation you want to stay at during your wine tour to New Zealand, Wineroundtrips.com will be happy to help you organize the wine trip of your dreams. After all, it is not every day that you make such a long journey. We therefore help you to arrange your wine tour down to the last detail, from airline tickets to restaurant reservations, accommodation, rental car or other transport and so on. Do not hesitate any longer and request a free quote for your wine tour to New Zealand right now.
Wine regions New Zealand
The wine region around Auckland to the northernmost tip is one of the oldest New Zealand wine regions, where some passionate immigrants started making wine around the early 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to some beautiful wineries that you should definitely visit, this wine region also offers you the opportunity to discover some of the best wines New Zealand has to offer. Most popular grape variaties grown here are the white Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, the red Merlot, Syrah and other well-known red grapes. Less known are the Pinotage, the Chambourcin or the white Viogniers. During your wine tour through this beautiful wine region, you should not miss Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island is also referred to as New Zealand’s wine island.
This wine region not only has beautiful wines, the northern part of the North Island also has beautiful nature. What you should not miss during your tour are Cape Renga, Bay of Islands, and some beautiful waterfalls.
There is no lack of accommodation. From authentic winery accommodation, preferably in Victorian architectural style, to modern wine hotels and bed & breakfasts with friendly locals, this region has everything to get your New Zealand wine tour off to a great start.
If you go a bit further south on the North Island, you will arrive at the wine region around Gisborne and further towards the capital Wellington. The sunny wine region near Gisborne produces some of the best wines New Zealand knows, such as the Clearview and Villa Maria Chardonnay in the Hawkes Bay wine region. These are just two examples of wines that you definitely want to taste while discovering this beautiful wine region.
There is also no lack of nature and sights. Rotorua with the many geysers that rise from the ground, the Taupo lake with the beautiful view of the Tangariro National Park, or beautiful romantic waterfalls are just some of the natural phenomena that you definitely want to see.
If you want to spend the night at a wine farm, the wine region of Gisborne and Napier offers excellent opportunities for an unforgettable stay. Sleeping in a wine hotel in the middle of the vineyards in a beautiful country house with majestic mountains in the background, so beautiful that you would actually want to stay there. Whether you want to explore New Zealand as wine country on a tighter or higher end budget, there is something for everyone. In the entire wine region of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay till Wellington, you’ll find a variety of bed & breakfasts, authentic wine farms, and other lodging options for every wine lover.
Marlborough is home to the most famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines. With good reason. These beautiful wines are made in the northernmost part of the South Island where more than three quarters of New Zealand wines come from and have enjoyed international fame since the early 1980s. As soon as you arrive in Picton by boat from Wellington, you are actually there more or less. A new page of your wine tour to New Zealand will open for you strightaway and not just one. The wine region around Picton and Marlborough offers you the opportunity to visit some award-winning and lesser known wineries that actually deserve it.
While exploring New Zealand’s largest wine region you will also be able to admire beautiful nature such as the Abel Tasman National Park or Kaikoura where you can spot whales every year on the way to Christchurch. There is also plenty of seals along the coast that you can easily spot from the car.
Along the way, while exploring New Zealand’s largest wine region, spend the night at some of the best wineries the country has to offer. Wineroundtrips.com has selected the best bed & breakfasts, wine farms and where possible authentic accommodation so that you can enjoy your wine tour through New Zealand in the best and most comfortable way.
On the east side of the South Island lies the Canterbury wine region within the county of the same name and the city of Christchurch. Dating from the late 1970s, these relatively young vineyards produce excellent Pinot Noir wines. But the region is mainly famous for the Waipara Valley and its wines with a lot of depth and body.
On the way to the southernmost wine region of New Zealand, you will pass some of the most beautiful natural paradises that New Zealand has. Milford Sound, Te Anau, the surroundings of Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo, and the highest waterfalls in the country are just some of the special natural phenomena you will see along the way. Taking a few extra days during your wine tour to New Zealand to discover these amazing landscapes is definitely worth it and will contribute to a great wine experience during your New Zealand journey.
There is no lack of accommodation. Whether you prefer to visit wineries from a central point such as Christchurch where you will have a wide range of good quality accommodation with all the trimmings, some of the surrounding wineries just outside the city also offer overnight accommodation. Here you can spend the night if you want to sleep in the middle of the vineyards in the comfort and tranquility of the countryside. Wineroundtrips.com has selected the best wineries for you where you can spend the night with all basic facilities such as a private bathroom, LCD TV screen etc.
After all that beautiful nature, it’s time to travel to the southernmost vineyards in the world. Indeed, these are found in New Zealand and that is what makes the wines from this area unique from the other unique wines that New Zealand has. Thanks to its unique nature, this region has a special appeal to anyone who visits New Zealand. When you visit this wine region, you can expect to see vineyards surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glistening rivers with melting water from the surrounding mountains and sheep running freely across meadows, in short, the ideal New Zealand picture.
The largest city in this wine region, Queenstown is surrounded by beautiful lakes and walking opportunities with excellent hotels. Nevertheless, for an optimal wine travel experience, we advise you to stay overnight at one of the many wine hotels in the region, surrounded by vineyards. You should not miss this unique experience with the unique surrounding landscapes. Ask us about the possibilities by requesting a free quote and we will be happy to assist you in organising your trip.
Best wineries to visit
New Zealand has a large number of wine regions from the northernmost to the southernmost tip of the country with the largest productions located in Marlborough on the South Island, as well as Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Island on the North Island. Whether you choose the classic wine route through New Zealand with a visit to the best wineries or an alternative wine route that, for example, combines the classic with the northern route, you will in any case always visit small or larger wineries, each with their own particularities. You will visit wineries with award-winning wines and smaller wineries that just missed the mark, but may be more charming, precisely because of their small scale.
Whichever wineries you want to visit, Wineroundtrips.com will help you choose the wineries that suit best your choice and optimally organize your wine tour of New Zealand. So do not hesitate any longer and request a free quote for your wine tour of a lifetime. A unique way to explore this beautiful country.
The best accommodation for your wine tour through New Zealand
As you travel from wine region to wine region, you will discover new fascinating landscapes as you sleep in one of the many accommodations located at wineries. From small-scale bed & breakfast with comfortable bed and private bathroom to the most luxurious wine lodges with beautiful mountains in the background and the very best facilities as you would expect in a four or five star hotel, New Zealand has a lot to offer for an authentic wine experience. Most accommodations that are affiliated with a winery also have a restaurant. Some lodges and hotels employ a sommelier at the restaurant to offer you the best matching local wine choice during your dinner.
Whatever activities you want to undertake during your wine tour or thematic approach you wish to give to your wine tour, for example a culinary discovery tour, every region, every hotel has something special. From small boutique hotels and bed & breakfasts with a lot of charm and authenticity to larger luxury wine hotels with a more modern design and sometimes their own wellness and spa center or golf course, each type of accommodation offers the opportunity to fully relax, relax and enjoy your unique wine experience. Request a free quote and start planning your wine tour to the beautiful wine country of New Zealand today.