Auckland / Northland
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and home to one of New Zealand’s oldest and most diverse wine regions, established in the early 1900s by passionate Croatian, Lebanese and English winemakers.
With the Pacific Ocean to the East and the Tasman Sea to the West, every vineyard in the region has a maritime influence. Vineyards on the mainland experience some of the highest rainfall, cloud cover and humidity in the country, making thoughtful viticulture and vine training a must.
Formed by volcanic activity 50,000 years ago, all of the Auckland region vineyards from Clevedon to Matakana share a similar soil type of heavy clay, that adds a mineral complexity and hydrates the vines in hot dry years.
This climate lends itself to producing full-bodied structured and characterful wines. Known for powerful intense Bordeaux red blends and stunning Syrah the Auckland wine region also produces world class Chardonnay and fine Aromatics.