New Zealand Wine

New Zealand is  home to the world’s most southerly grape growing region, Central Otago. Here, the vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.

New Zealand wine has a distinctive taste, known for being pure, vibrant and intense. The long ripening period – a result of cool temperatures – allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned. There are a number of distinct major wine-growing regions spread throughout New Zealand, with the majority on the East coast of the Islands in the rain shadow of the mountains.

At Hennings Wine, we have an excellent range of New Zealand wines to buy in store and online. You can browse our favourites below, or navigate to the exact region or grape you are looking for.

Central Otago

Not only a spectacular landscape and a popular tourist culture, Otago is also home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, not to mention impressive, vivid white wines. The typical Central Otago Pinot Noir is intense and deeply coloured, with flavours of Doris plum, sweet spice and bramble.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand’s second largest wine region, sunny Hawke’s Bay has been an abundant source of fine wine since the eighteen hundreds. It’s well-established wine tourism trail also showcases the region’s art deco architecture and artisan producers. It is highly regarded for its red Bordeaux Blend wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay are all planted widely across the region.

Marlborough

New Zealand’s flagship wine region which, in combination with Sauvignon Blanc, put the country on the international wine stage. Much more than just Sauvignon though, Marlborough offers increasing depth in both varieties and terroir.

Nelson

Beautiful, sunny Nelson is a must-visit for any wine visitor. The region is long renowned for crops and orchards. Excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and aromatics are produced with Nelson also boasting an impressive and eclectic mix of other varieties.

Waipara Valley

Waipara is a wine-producing area north of Christchurch in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. This sheltered and hilly valley grows mostly aromatic varieties. Riesling is the most important grape variety in the region, producing honeyed and spicy white wines. The Southern Alps tumble down to meet New Zealand’s most extensive lowlands, boutique producers craft outstanding Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay and much more.

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