Our Wine Region
Out here on the most easterly tip of New Zealand’s North Island, our region revels in a classic Pacific maritime climate. Sheltered by hills and mountain ranges to the North and North West, Gisborne’s warm dry climate is moderated by the nearby ocean, with the cooling afternoon sea breezes, typical of many of the world’s great wine growing regions. These breezes preserve natural acidity and tropical fruit flavours. Fine clay and silt loam soils create full flavoured aromatic wines with a haunting marine note, thanks to the nearby ocean.
Historically recognised as one of the ‘fruit-bowls’ of New Zealand, the region’s golden climate creates an abundance of other produce - citrus, stone- and kiwifruit, avocados and a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, sweet corn, squash and leafy greens of every type.
Kind spring rainfalls and a long dry summer, combined with both alluvial and heavier clay soils, allows dry farming of a wide range of grape varieties, most notably Chardonnay, for which we’ve long been famous. Few regions in New Zealand compete with the sheer diversity of varieties produced in Gisborne:
White wines range from classic central European grapes like Chardonnay and Viognier to aromatic Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, and newer varieties like Arneis, Verdelho and Albariño.
The red wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Northern Italy and Spain love living here too, notably including Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Temperañillo and Grenache.
Throw in heaps of sunshine, a lush landscape and our relaxed lifestyle, and this really is a special destination for wine lovers…