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New Zealand wine styles at a glance

 

Principle wine regions

Major sub-regions

Major grape varieties

Wine styles

Marlborough

Awatere, Wairau, Southern Valleys
 
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling (from dry to ultra sweet botrytis styles), Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Herbaceous and/or tropical Sauvignon Blanc, medium to botrytis style Rieslings, citrussy Chardonnays. Medium-bodied Pinot Noir
Canterbury Canterbury Plains, Waipara Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris Great aromatic wines and Pinot Noir
Central Otago

 
Bannockburn, Cromwell, Gibbston Valley
Waitaki Valley

 
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris
 
Rich, flavoursome Pinot Noirs, clean, crisp whites often with mineral undertones
Nelson

 
Moutere

 
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir
 
Delicate Rieslings, from dry to medium to late harvest and botrytis styles
Wairarapa
 
Martinborough
Gladstone
Masterton

 
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris

 
Concentrated, well-flavoured Pinot Noir, various styles of Riesling and more subtle of Sauvignon Blanc
Hawke’s Bay
 
Gimblett Gravels Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay Bordeaux and Rhone style wines
Gisborne

 
Ormond, Patutahi

 
Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer (red varieties make up only about 10% of plantings here) Rich, smooth and full-flavoured Chardonnays, concentrated Gewurz and various others
Auckland

 
Henderson, Kumeu, Huapai, Clevedon, Waiheke Island Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Gris in the west Warm flavoured wines from fairly fertile soils
Northland
 
Kaitaia, Bay of Island, Whangerei Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay Warmest climate for grapes in NZ