Some of you may not know that wine is one of New Zealand’s top tier exports. The popularity of its 11 wine regions continues to grow. So, be sure to include these wineries as you visit or reside in this wonderful country.
A viable candidate for the most picturesque vineyard in the world, the Rippon Vineyard is situated in Central Otago. This region is renowned for its Pinot Noir.
Rippon boasts its own twist of Pinot Noir, along with the bright Riesling and the interesting Osteiner. There is a limited production of the latter worldwide. You see, Osteiner is a hybrid of two German grapes. The rarity of their products make Rippon standout!
Rarity pours throughout the wine process as the owners rejects chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Simply, Rippon’s wines are organic.
Greywacke’s namesake is New Zealand’s most common sandstone. Owners Kimberly and Kevin Judd found an abundance of this rock in the soils of the vineyards where they source their grapes. To their surprise, the Marlborough’s stony soil produced quality fruits.
Greywacke creates some of the best Sauvignon Blanc as well as their very own “Wild Sauvignon”. It uses wild yeast, which tastes like toasted sesame and thyme. Are you up for that?
Who knew that an attractive gem is hidden inside one of New Zealand’s smallest wine regions? This tucked beauty is none other than Neudorf Vineyards. Thriving in the sunny Nelson hills is Neudorf’s subtle Chardonnay and the timeless Pinot Noir.
The brains that brought this vineyard to life was Judy and Tim Finn. Their elegant shed was built by hand in 1980. A lot has changed since then. Today, they use their backyard as a venue for concerts.
Taizo Osawa’s passion for wines took him into a whirlwind search to find the best place for his own vineyard. This Japanese civil engineer travelled from America to New Zealand. Finally, he found haven at a a sheep farm in Hawke’s Bay (North Island). He planted his pioneering vines 11 years ago with the help of the famous winemaker Rod McDonald.
Osawa Wines has established premier varieties such as in the Pinot Noir (i.e., cherry, strawberry, and brown spices) and Chardonnay (i.e., bright and creamy).
Trinity Hill winery is quite an icon in Hawkes Bay. Enter the rustic cellar door to experience the friendly service of their personnel. You will frequently find the owner John Hancock behind the counter or hosting some guests.
When you are there, you must try Trinity Hills’ Tempranillo and Homage Syrah. You will find magic in these two bottles.
As a Filipino tourist, have you ever been to any New Zealand wineries? If so, you may leave your favorite spots in the comment section below.