For many wine lovers, white wine from New Zealand is primarily Sauvignon Blanc. The triumph of New Zealand wines around the world began with this fragrant grape variety. The Sauvignon Blanc has also earned this position. However, one should not overlook the fact that Chardonnay, Pinot Gris or Riesling can also produce excellent qualities here.
The climate of New Zealand's South Island is rather cool, which makes the country particularly suitable for the cultivation of white grape varieties. For a long time, however, these very good conditions were slowed down by prohibition. Wine was not allowed to be served in restaurants from 1917 to 1960, and wine has only been freely available in supermarkets in the country since 1990.
From 1970 the upswing in viticulture in New Zealand began, with the Sauvignon Blanc only becoming the most cultivated variety in 2005. Wine growing is booming today and New Zealand's wines have won many friends with their unique and intensely aromatic character. The trend here is moving away from the almost subtropical North Island deep into the cool south, into ever cooler growing zones in order to give the wines more elegance. Let yourself be inspired.