GO NZ: Tips for visiting NZ’s under-rated wine regions

There are vineyards all over New Zealand and there’s never been a better time to visit them, writes Anna King Shahab

New Zealand’s several thousand vineyards are dotted about in pockets large and small, from the frosty south right up to the subtropical north. Where grapes grow, so does tourism, as many regions in New Zealand demonstrate so well: with wine comes good food, scenery, accommodation and myriad other activities.

Right now, without hordes of international visitors, is the perfect time to plan a trip to one of our less-obvious wine regions.

North Canterbury

A short drive north of Christchurch a warm embrace awaits between the rolling hills that graduate into the Southern Alps and an untamed coastline. The North Canterbury wine region includes the wine-growing districts of Waipara Valley, Waikari and Cheviot and the microclimates at play make this area fantastic for tasting wines that distinctly express the place in which they were made. Generally speaking, hot, dry summers and cool, dry winters lend influence to the wines produced here, of which pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling dominate.

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