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Northland wine region is a four hour drive north of Auckland. It is a picturesque and sparsely populated part of the country with tranquil bays, beaches, forests and pastoral farms. It is home to one of New Zealand’s most historic sites, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surrounded by heritage gardens, spectacular Bay of Islands sea views, and an abundance of native bird life.
New Zealand’s first vines were planted in Northland in 1819 and surprisingly it’s still one of the smallest wine producing regions.
In recent years there has been a strong resurgence of interest with vineyards rapidly expanding across the districts with small plantings near Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Russell and Whangarei. The soils are mainly clay-rich loam soils over a sub soil of compact clay.
The Northland wine region has an almost sub-tropical climate and typically experiences the country’s warmest ripening conditions, hence the popularity of the region’s three most widely grown grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.