The first vines in New Zealand were planted in 1819, but it took another 150 years to develop a serious approach to winemaking. New Zealand has built its international glory on a single variety – sauvignon. Their sauvignons are a world reference for excellence, and the most favourable soil and climate for this variety are in the north of the South Island. They are noted for their peppery spiciness mixed with tropical fruitiness of mango, lychee, papaya and passion fruit in the scent, and a light elegance and freshness of flavour.
New Zealand is distinguished by its specific climatic conditions with plenty of rain and a gentle influence of the cold sea currents that temper the heat of the sun.