About South Island
The region of Marlborough has reputation, since about fifteen years, to make the best white wines of the country.
Cool climate, allows to make big wines of sauvignon white in a style close to big Sancerre or French Pouilly-Fumé. The quasi systematic autumnal presence of fog also allows to give rise to remarkable rieslings touched by the noble rot. Magnificent chardonnays are also worked out here. They can unfold literally spellbinding aromas.
Marlborough also produces good red wines but in more restricted quantity and lesser reputation. These wines are often the result of an assemblage of Cabernet-sauvignon and merlot.
Moreover, Marlborough begins being known for the sparkling wines. Numerous investments of champenoises houses rushed. They contributed to make appear a true know-how in wine production.
In the south end of the island, Exchange Otago is the smallest wine region of the country (1200 hectares) and the most southern of the world.
Other regions: Canterbury, Nelson, Waitaki valley.