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New Zealand Wines

Of course we love Romanian wines and we have a soft spot for the French vineyard and the other exquisite aromas of the wines made from the crops of the Old Continent. But the wines of the New World are starting to be more and more popular; and among these, the New Zealand wines definitely have a very special something.

The first vineyards were planted as early as Colonial times, some time around 1836, and it seems they were grown thanks to the pioneer James Busby, on his estate in Waitangi. But the oldest official vineyard in New Zealand is the one established in 1851 by the Roman-Catholic French missionaries in Hawk’s Bay.

The sea-like climate and the particularities of the soil make the perfect frame for wine production. Actually, the Southern part of New Zealand is quite similar to the Bordeaux region of France, with the slight distinction that the nights are a bit chillier here and you can feel that in the acidity of the wines.

The main areas where most of the grapes are harvested are: Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara and Central Otago. Also, they spread on 1600 square kilometers and nine degrees latitude.

The most appreciated wines of New Zealand are: Sauvignon Blanc (especially the one in Marlborough), Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir, each with subtle varieties according to the micro-region where the grapes are cultivated, ranging from classical elegance to strong fruity flavors or even completely surprising notes.

So New Zealand wines are definitely an experience worth trying and they fully deserve the galloping popularity they’re accumulating in the past couple of years. All you need to do is pick your favorite grape and discover the lovely aromas that the New World plants on them. This and, of course, serving them in the right glasses, after they’ve been properly kept in the best possible conditions, in professional refrigerators.

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