Travel the New Zealand Wine Regions Wines
New Zealand Wine Navigator
Take your tastebuds on a tour of New Zealand’s wine growing regions with this 6 bottle sampler pack. Start your travels in the east of the North Island with a trip to sunny Hawke’s Bay. The beautiful layered and intense Chardonnay from Squawking Magpie. This is the wine to reach for on Friday evening after a hard week. Perfect with some aged gruyere cheese.
In the neighboring Gimblett Gravels appellation of Hawke's Bay, you will love the opulent Cabernet Sauvignon from Mills Reef Winery. This wine has dark fruit, balanced with the perfect amount of earthiness and minerality.
Next, take the Ferry across Cook Strait to the South Island and arrive in Marlborough for a crispy, classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Forrest Wines. Just a couple of hours to the Northwest of Marlborough is the wine region of Nelson (also famous for growing great hops). Here you will experience a most elegant, balanced Pinot Noir from Brightwater Vineyards. Heading down the west coast, you will see some of the most beautiful scenery – the Tasman Sea on the right and Mount Cook and the Southern Alps on your left. The Southern Alps have 16 peaks over 10,000ft.
Crossing over, past stunning Lake Wanaka you head into Central Otago, the southernmost wine growing region in the world, famous for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The Pinot Gris from Drumsara is both bright and refreshing, as well as rich and complex. A couple of hours drive to the North East is your last stop in the Waitaki Valley of North Otago. Ostler Wines makes some ridiculously great Pinot Gris and Riesling, but their flagship is the Caroline's Pinot Noir. It is a big luscious Pinot Noir with great fruit, but great restraint. The finish seems to linger for hours.