This year the #WorldWineTravel group travelled to Australia and New Zealand. I participated in some of the months but not as many as I would have liked. I have visited Australia although it has been a long time but New Zealand is still on my bucket list.
For the last month of 2022, we are going to the South Island of New Zealand and tasting wines from areas other than Marlborough. Marlborough is the site of many of the wineries that were first introduced into the US market but today South Island has many wines to offer from Nelson, Central Oago, and other areas.
The South Island is also called Te Waipounamu and is actually the larger, if less populated of the two islands that make up New Zealand.. The South Island actually has some of the vineyards that are the most southernmost vineyards in the world near Central Otago. Central Otago is known for its Pinot Noir, Marlborough is of course known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Nelson also has similar grape varieties that are grown around Marlborough. The wines present as ones from a cooler climate, they also have some interesting riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Cantebury and Wairapa are also very well known areas on the South Island, there is much to choose from.
This month we are going to skip the chat on twitter on Saturday December 24, but if you want to join in the fun, please provide your title, blog name and blog url by Thursday, 12/22. Either leave a comment with this info on Avvinare.com or drop it in the designated post event thread in the #WorldWineTravel Coordinating Group. We will post our articles by Saturday morning, December 24.
I can’t wait to visit New Zealand someday for the wines, the people, and the landscapes. Until I make the trip, I will explore the country through my wineglass. Join me in this virtual journey.