Map and content courtesy of www.nzwine.com
The first vines in New Zealand were planted in the Bay of Islands by the missionary, Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1819. In the late 1800's, the Croatian gumdiggers arrived in Northland, bringing their European tradition of winemaking. This has been the foundation of the New Zealand wine industry, with many of today's successful wine companies able to trace their lineage back to Northland.
Content and photo courtesy www.nzwine.comIts northern location and closeness to the sea (nowhere is the sea more than 50 kilometres away) give the Northland region an almost subtropical climate - humid, sunny and warm. With the country's highest average annual temperature, the total amount of heat available to the vines to ripen their grapes during the growing season is greater in Northland than in any of the country's other wine regions. Soils are mainly clay-rich loam soils over a sub-soil of compact clay, with most of the region's land lying below 150 metres.
Main town - Whangarei
For further information on the Northland wine region, click here to visit the Northland Winegrowers website.
To view a map of Northland's wineries, click here.
For general (tourist) information on Northland, click here.
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