New Zealand's wines are world famous and in demand, although for many people, and many supermarket shelves, New Zealand wine=Sauvignon Blanc. And the very aromatic, fruit driven and quite acidic "Kiwi style Savvy" at that.
This is a shame. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc is the country's most widely planted varietal, it can also be argued that it is the least significant when compared to some of the truly outstanding and world class wines being produced by innovative, quality obsessed winemakers with an intimate understanding of terroir and tradition.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with the Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Brancott and Villa Maria wines that we are familiar with, the real pleasure comes from finding the wines that you'll rarely, if ever, see outside of New Zealand, and meeting and chatting to the people who made them.
The links below will give you an overview of New Zealand's main wine regions...