New Zealand is well known as a wine-producing country – the problem is it’s recognized almost exclusively for Sauvignon Blanc. The electric gooseberry style of Sauvignon Blanc popularized in the Marlborough region of New Zealand has been a boon to the country’s wine culture, but has overshadowed the grand wines produced from other varieties.

From north to south, New Zealand’s unique terroir, which features well-draining, stony soils in climates that can range from near-tropical to sub-Alpine, has proven ideal for a wide range of grape varieties. Much of the research into what to plant where remains in its infancy, making this an exciting and dynamic time for New Zealand’s wine industry as it works to diversify.

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