Discovering Bay of Plenty & WaikatoBuy from this region
The Bay of Plenty is a fairly small region in comparison to other wine growing regions of New Zealand, with dairy cows ruling the land in this area. There is a sharp contrast between the inland volcanic landscapes, with heavily forested ranges, to the long coastal lowlands that rest on the Pacific Ocean. With high humidity and an all year round supply of rainfall, it shares many attributes with Auckland.
A wine-growing upside to the area is the benefit of free draining deep clay loam soils. Known as Hamilton Ash, the light clay is great for plant growth and allows wines to show soft tropical fruit flavours with good weight, texture and moderate acidity.
There are no producers with products in this region (yet!).