New Zealand Vineyards

There is a wonderful selection and variety of vineyards and wineries to visit in New Zealand. Below is an overview of five ‘can’t miss’ New Zealand vineyards.

Margrain Vineyard, located in Martinborough, boasts that they offer “a complete vineyard experience.” As a company, their goal is, and has been, to grow the highest quality grapes in order to create sophisticated wines of excellence. Husband and wife owners Daryl and Graham Margrain are passionate about refined wines, elegant food and the country lifestyle. Fully enjoy the vineyard experience by exploring the wine cycle from budburst to maturation to harvest. Stroll amongst the grape vines and walk along the wine trail while relaxing and enjoying a glass of their award winning wine.

Mountford Vineyard located in Christchurch is described as a ‘boutique vineyard and winery.’ It’s lovely setting perches guests on a hillside in the Waipara region. This vineyard takes pride in the details, resulting in distinct and elegant wines. In 1991, the vineyard was mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines and now is expanded to incorporate Riesling vines. The Mountford Estate vineyard is unique in that they utilize many biodynamic techniques. Their “hands on” wine production techniques even include stomping grapes by foot. Mountford’s winemaker is also a unique characteristic of this vineyard. C.P., their winemaker, lost his sight when he was two and has developed his senses of smell and taste, which helps him craft the wines.

Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough was started in 2002 by the Sutherland’s and the Healy’s. They are passionate about crafting and drinking fine wines in styles they personally enjoy. The release of their first wines occurred in February 2004. The Dog Point specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The owners are completely involved in the entire process, from winemaking to regional marketing.

Takatu Vineyard is located in Matakana. The warm hillside is an ideal location. For this particular vineyard, an extensive search was initiated to locate the finest site, soil and microclimate combination. These elements combine to produce top-notch grapes that ultimately produce the pleasant flavors of the wines made here. The owners and staff tender each vine by hand and each harvest is hand picked as well. On the grounds are accommodations providing guests with a one-stop vacation destination to relax in a soothing atmosphere while enjoying the wine making process as well as the famous Takatu wines available. The word “Takatu” translates to “Well Prepared,” which describes this New Zealand vineyard’s approach to growing and making wine perfectly.

Alana Estate Vineyard is in South Wairarapa. Alana Estate’s viticulture as well as their winemaking techniques are all hands on – hand picked, hand sorted, and handcrafted. Their state-of-the-art gravity fed winery is a gentle way of handling the grapes and is a rare method. Beginning in 2005 the ‘Alana Wine and Food Experience’ started and has seen huge success that now include catering events such as weddings and corporate functions. Then there’s the lunchtime Wine and Food Experience where the experts match the wines to the lunch food for a sophisticated twist on this mid-day meal.

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