One of the oldest wine regions of New Zealand, Auckland is very diverse and large. Established in the early 1900s by passionate English, Croatian and Lebanese winemakers, the region today homes some of NZ's largest wine companies and renowned boutique wineries. Also known as the “City of Sails”, it's very famous for its red blends. We’re sharing some facts about this wine region and explaining how its powerful wines have gained international attention & reputation.
The fertile land and a hub of waterways make Auckland very desirable for agricultural and viticultural practices. Its volcanic, clay-rich soils and temperate maritime climate make it ideal for grape varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah (Shiraz), Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Wine Regions & Wine Styles
Auckland's all three subregions – the Waiheke Island, West Auckland and Matakana, have their individual personalities when it comes to wine styles and their characters. Waiheke produces exciting Cabernet blends, gutsy Syrah, fragrant Viognier, fruit-filled Montepulciano, elegant Chardonnay and other wines of depth.
Home to many of NZ’s oldest wineries like Babich and Brajkovich Kumeu River Wines, West Auckland is known for its stylish wines produced from old Chardonnay and Merlot grapevines.
Matakana specialises in Pinot Gris, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon boutique wines.
Not just the biggest wineries, this city is also home to New Zealand's largest university, University of Auckland. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world and ranks third in the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. So, it is also one of the most liveable cities in the world! Because of its importance in commerce, art and education, this city, the largest in New Zealand, is considered a beta + world City. Quite impressive!
Now having read that, we’re sure you’ll like to try some of the best Auckland wines. Don’t forget the red blends though! Happy wine-ing…