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Discovering Auckland

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In many ways the New Zealand wine industry began in Auckland. Croatian immigrants, escaping the depression in Europe, settled in West Auckland in the 1930s and 40s. Many of them planted vineyards in addition to orchards and vegetable gardens and began to make wine. Having then set their sights on rivalling fellow winemakers from in the Hawke’s Bay region, some of the biggest wineries in the country were formed. Accounting for only 2% of New Zealand’s production, Auckland is split into five very distinctive sub- regions – Waiheke Island, Kumeu, Clevedon, Henderson and Matakana, all with similar climatic conditions and all subject to the high rainfall - a common hindrance in this region during the spring and summer months. The heavy clay soils struggle with the rainfall and are not as free draining. The 80s saw the arrival of smaller, privately owned boutique vineyards, which increased sale prices and firmly established Auckland on the wine map. Auckland produces a variety of styles, however the plentiful hours of sunshine and other factors mean Bordeaux style wines and Chardonnay flourish here.

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