In part two of our series on New Zealand's next great grapes, we'll be exploring the North Island's unique terroir and tasting the region's top Pinots.

From the stunning ancient forests of Northland to the warm, rolling hills of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand's North Island is a diverse stretch of land that's home to the country's oldest winery, as well as first-rate producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and, of course, Sauvignon Blanc.

Moving (roughly) from north to south, one passes through the following wine regions on the North Island of New Zealand.