Your First New Zealand Wine Adventure

New Zealand is one of the big stars in winemaking, so you can be sure that you wouldn’t run out of wine choices when traveling there. Their world class wine varieties range from the Riesling wines from the South Island to the Chardonnays and Pinot Gris of Northland. It seems like wherever you go, you could always find great wines.

Tasting the wine of the Kiwis is an adventure of its own. You would enjoy New Zealand’s wine just as much as you would enjoy its beautiful scenery, stunning nature parks, and delicious food.

Here is a list of wineries you need to check out on your next trip there:

Hawke’s Bay

Known for its exquisite food and fine wineries, this sunny New Zealand region is full of gourmet restaurants, white-sand beaches, orchards, and wineries, not to mention the beautiful sunrise and sunset views. This region is also known for its architectural beauty.

You could cycle your way through Hawke’s Bay wineries and restaurants through miles and miles of Hawke’s Bay Trails. Through the 48km wineries ride, you could visit the fine wineries in the area of Bridge Pa, Ngatarawa Triangle, and the Gimblett Gravels, along with plenty of stops available if ever you get hungry from all that pedaling.

If you come in early November, you could also join the F.A.W.C., or Food and Wine Classics, one of the most exquisite food and wine festivals held in New Zealand. Through the F.A.W.C. festival, you’ll discover the best of Hawke’s Bay wineries and food, with wines from award-winning wineries and food from New Zealand’s best chefs.

Martinborough

After a satisfying stroll at Hawke’s Bay, you could drive south to Martinborough. With plenty of things to do there, such as visiting a wildlife sanctuary in Mt. Bruce or shopping for shell souvenirs in Carterton, rest assured that you will never get bored.

After all that cycling, you could walk through Martinborough’s local attraction as they are fairly close to each other.

Along with its peaceful atmosphere, Martinborough is also a blossoming wine region. With over 25 vineyards and plenty of restaurants, it is one place you shouldn’t miss.

Wellington

Take a break from nature and visit New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, which is full or restaurants, cafes, and bars. A favorite among foodies, this city is a culinary dream. You could also stroll through New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa, or visit the botanical gardens.

Marlborough

Located in Marlborough, Blenheim is filled with wineries – with over 20 wineries, you are bound to try Marlborough’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Located nearby is Havelock, known for its Greenshell Mussels, is a must for seafood lovers.

Central Otago

You could end your journey in Central Otago, the region known for its exquisite and world-class Pinot Noirs. With spectacular sceneries and sophisticated culture, you could end your tiring yet fun journey in a bliss.

On the other hand, you could experience the wines of New Zealand through Advintage, the largest online wine retailer in New Zealand.

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