The Central North Island wine region encompasses several emerging and developed regions, from the Bay of Plenty – Waikato to Taranaki – Manawatu-Wanganui and includes areas like The Waitaki, Kapiti and the Central Plateau around Taupo.
The vineyards of the Waikato, Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki are small but steadily expanding, with soils of heavy loams over clay sub soils, they occupy scattered pockets of land amidst rolling farmland. With its moderately warm summers and cool frosty winters, the regions produce mainly Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot Blends.
To the west of Gisborne, and separated by a range of rugged mountains, is the Bay of Plenty. Centred on the port of Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty is best known for its wonderful surf beaches and is a popular holiday resort to many New Zealanders. The area is also a big horticultural producer and home to two of New Zealand’s larger wineries.
The Bay of Plenty is more famous for its Kiwi fruit growing than wine; it has fewer wineries than any other wine region. The moderately warm climate, fertile soils and coastal influence is prefect for producing fruit driven soft ripe Chardonnays, softer Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blanc’s.
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