North Island Wine Regions
North Island Wine Regions Accommodation
Traditionally, the areas most frequently associated with Auckland’s wine are Henderson, Kumeu and Huapai, all to the northwest of the city’s centre. There are also the emerging regions of Waiheke Island, Matakana, on the east coast and Clevedon to the south. Auckland in most well known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, although Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and other white varieties are now making a strong showing.
The Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas are – again – small but rapidly expanding wine producing regions in New Zealand. The main focus in the area is Chardonnay, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc also being grown.
The first city to see the sunrise in the world each day boasts the world’s most easterly vineyards. Not surprisingly – given the region’s unofficial moniker of the “Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand” – the focus of winemakers here is Chardonnay, with the majority of the balance being white grape varieties.
With a 100 year tradition of wine making in the area, Hawkes Bay produces a large variety of wines. Chardonnay is the most widely planted of the grapes, but given the varying climate in the region other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, as well as the early ripening Pinot Noir are found in Hawkes Bay.
Wairarapa is Wellington’s only wine producing district, and within Wairarapa it is perhaps the town of Martinborough which is best known for its wines. Pinot Noir is the most planted variety and grape, and likewise, is the most acclaimed. In fact, the success of the Martinborough Pinot Noir is a large factor in the rapid economic development of the region.
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North Island Accommodation in Wine Producing Regions
A small selection of accommodation in North Island regions known for their wine.