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Discovering Northland

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Northland

The first vines were planted in Northland in 1819, but it was just the last decade that saw the region officially arrive on New Zealand’s wine map. With a sub-tropical climate not found anywhere else in New Zealand, the long hot days contribute to wines of great depth and complexity. Here you’ll find Bordeaux blends flourish along with more subtle interpretations of aromatic varieties. Northland typically experiences the country's warmest ripening conditions which explains the popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, the region's three most widely planted grape varieties. Vineyards are sited mainly on the flat or gentle slopes and soils vary throughout the region from shallow clays over sandy-clay sub soils to free-draining volcanic structures.

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