New Zealand, an enchanting realm in Oceania, is cradled in the southern Pacific Ocean, nestled between the icy expanses of Antarctica and the tropical equator. It gazes at Australia across the Tasman Sea to the west, positioned between 34 and 47 degrees south latitude. Comprising the North Island, South Island, Stewart Island, and a constellation of smaller nearby islands, New Zealand unfurls over an area exceeding 270,000 square kilometers. It boasts an exclusive economic zone of 1.2 million square kilometers and a coastline that stretches an impressive 6,900 kilometers. The New Zealand wine region, a viticultural paradise, extends 1600 kilometers, from the subtropical climate in the north to the mountainous terrain in the south.
Overview of the Viticultural Landscape
Among emerging wine-producing nations, New Zealand is the most recent entrant. It is home to over 600 wineries, dispersed across its top ten major wine-producing areas, enveloping a grape production expanse of 24,000 hectares. Notably, 70% of the country’s grapevines are under a decade old, underscoring the youth and vibrancy of New Zealand’s viticulture.