New Zealand Wine

Although Kai does not really sell wine (there are plenty of other very good sites that  do), we recognise the intimate relationship between good food and wine. So we asked our friends at NZ Wine to share a bit of background on New Zealand's growing fine wine reputation.

A Land Like No Other

Tucked away in a remote corner of the globe is a place of glorious unspoiled landscapes, exotic flora and fauna and a culture renowned for its spirit of youthful innovation. New Zealand is a world of pure discovery and nothing distils its essence more perfectly than a glass of New Zealand wine.

Discover diversity

New Zealand's wine-growing regions extend 1600km (1000 miles), from the sub-tropical north to the mountainous south, enabling a striking array of grape varieties to flourish. The maritime climate (nowhere is more than 130km, or 80 miles, inland) enhances the fruit-driven intensity for which our wines are renowned.
Mild, sunny summers and marked differences between day and night-time temperatures in many regions slow the ripening of grapes and allow them to develop pure, intense varietal flavours. This is the foundation of New Zealand wines' elegance and power and contributes to the balance and structure that make New Zealand wines famously food-friendly.
Four varieties (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet/Merlot blends) account for over 80% of production, but New Zealand also excels in the production of sparkling wines, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
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There are a number of distinct major winegrowing regions spread throughout New Zealand, with the majority on the East coast of the Islands in the rain shadow of the mountains. Within these diverse regions, sub-regional characteristics are beginning to show through and wines are now being distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a sub-region and a place. We hope you enjoy discovering our regions and producers.

Discover sustainability

Although the purity of flavour you encounter in New Zealand wine may be so extraordinary, in truth it owes much to the industry's focus on protecting the environment in which the fruit is grown. Our remote location, agricultural economy and well-publicised rejection of nuclear power earned New Zealand a 'clean, green' tag, and the wine industry is at the forefront of the country's sustainability movement. Our world-leading initiative, Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ), promotes best practise in water usage, energy consumption, waste management and biodiversity.
Over 95% of vineyard area and over 90% of New Zealand's wine production capacity is operating under an independently audited sustainability programme. The industry goal is for 100% of our wine to be produced under SWNZ or other accredited sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic programmes by 2012.  
The New Zealand wine industry is committed to preserving the unique places that make our wines famous. Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without adversely impacting on the needs of tomorrow.

100% Committed to Excellence

New Zealand's wine producing history extends back to the founding of the nation in the 1800s. But it was the introduction of Marlborough's astonishing Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s that saw New Zealand wine explode onto the international scene, courtesy of world-beating performances in international competitions and rapturous critical reviews. 
And while Marlborough retains its status as one of the world's foremost wine producing regions, the quality of wines from elsewhere in the country has also garnered international acclaim.
By world standards, New Zealand's wine production capacity is tiny, accounting for less than 1% of the total volume. And though the average price tag for a New Zealand wine is a reflection of its desirability, few would question its ability to deliver excellent value for money.
In fact, it's the unswerving commitment to quality that has won New Zealand its reputation as a premium producer. This commitment is evident from the vineyard to the winery; along with sustainability leadership, New Zealand continues to pioneer advances such as canopy management, stainless steel fermentation techniques and screwcaps. 

Kai thanks  New Zealand Winegrowers for this information about NZ wines. For more information visit their site

Usage Ideas

Use the old standby of pumpkin to make  a big pot of soup, and serve with fresh artisan bread.


Follow up with the perfect winter crumble - apples, pears or add some frozen berries. Top with vanilla custard.


Make a warming chicken casserole with sweet winter vegetables

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