Continuing with details about my trip to New Zealand. Learn about great producers, regions you haven't heard of, and the surprising results of three decades of effort from the most down to earth kiwis. It's really an exciting time for New Zealand's wine industry. Watching them make the transition from commercially successful but somewhat anonymous to wine with a great sense of place is simply fascinating!
Live from stormy Wellington
Today was quite the day. I began in Blenheim, the Sauvignon Blanc capital of New Zealand, and drove on the wrong side of the car anfd wrong side of the road for two hours to Nelson.
Nelson is almost all coastline and it's a vacation's paradise, or so I'm told. Today, it was oddly overcast and humid, making it less than ideal conditions for the visits I had scheduled. The wines at Neudorf where benchmarks for me and the vineyard work going on at Te Mania and Richmond Plains is downright exciting.
It's really refreshing and enlightening to see all the fine work going on down here, and we all should be paying close attention. It won't be long before these wines regularly challenge the world's finest.
Another day, another fascinating stop in New Zealand. Today has brought me to Martinborough, a small town on New Zealand's north island where great Pinot lands were discovered literately adjacent to town. The cool climate and terrific soils here produce savory, deep yet ripe wines that show a distinct resemblance to, dare I say it, Burgundy! Find out more about Martinborough and its wines!