New Zealand

New Zealand's wine industry may only be 23 percent of the size of Australia’s but it makes up for this in quality. Its viticultural heritage dates back to Englishman James Busby making wine on North Island circa 1840, yet it wasn't until 1973 that domestic producers planted Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough's Wairau Valley; in the 1980s, this success was replicated with Pinot Noir in Central Otago – both are home to world-class examples.


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