New Zealand’s Rise in New World Winedom

THE RISE OF New Zealand wines in the last 30 years has been nothing short of meteoric. Thirty years ago New Zealand wines were hardly consumed outside the country but now they’ve become serious players in the international wine scene.

Although most of the major grape varieties are planted in New Zealand, the two star ones, those whose wines people find more astonishing, are sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc in particular is very characteristic, packed with lots of flavors (passionfruit, melon, pineapple, white flowers, etc.), making it very distinctive and rather different to sauvignon blanc from other countries.


The specific climate of New Zealand, and the particularities of the soil (alluvial in most regions, consisting of sandstone, clay and gravel left by receding rivers), are mostly to ‘blame’ for these wonderful wines.
There are wine producing regions in both of New Zealand’s islands. The North Island has six main wine areas including Hawke’s Bay, which runs 350 km along the Pacific Ocean, the oldest existing wine region in the country, and producing some of the best pinots and chardonnays. The South Island has four wine regions with Marlborough the most well-known, famous for its fresh and delicious sauvignon blanc. In fact, around 76 percent of all grapes grown in Marlborough are sauvignon blanc. Wineries like Villa Maria, Allan Scott, Yealands and Craggy Range have really put New Zealand wines at the top of the international market, delivering complex, delicious wines, many of which can be found and enjoyed in Vietnam. Craggy Range, owned by Australian- American TJ Peabody and New Zealand winemaking legend Steve Smith MW, recently showcased five of their fabulous wines in Saigon.


Craggy Range is producing wines of great complexity. One particular characteristic of the label is that every wine they make is a single-vineyard wine. For example, its Martinborough pinot noir is one of the best pinot noirs I’ve had that hasn’t come out of Burgundy. The aroma of red fruits and black cherry, lavender and violets in the mouth is very well balanced, and finishes long and elegantly. And if you are after something different and still elegant, try Sophie.
Allan Scott wines, established by Allan and Catherine Scott in 1990, are fresh, delicious and inexpensive. Allan, who loves Vietnam and usually visits the country every year, is down-to-earth and proud of the popularity that his wines have gained globally.
In New Zealand, each region has its own individuality and originality and although great pinot noir and sauvignon blanc wines are being produced, try some of the alternatives. I’ve tasted great chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris and even a bordeaux blend made in this fantastic country.
What I Am Drinking This Month
Ugarte Crianza, Rioja (Spain): A fabulous modern style Rioja, with great nose of leather and dark cherries. The palate is smooth and delicate with more red and dark fruits, a touch of leather and long lasting. Nicely paired with steak, charcuterie and medium-hard cheeses. Available at Saigon FNB, Wine Embassy and Ole restaurant.

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

Does Coffee Cause Inflammation? Myths and Misconceptions

This delicious morning brew is a must part of our daily routine. The beverage is hard to say no to because of its luscious taste and aroma.  Plus, it gives you the energy boost you need to start your day! While drinking a cup of rich, creamy coffee may give you a shot of stamina,

Read More »

Authentic Italian wines

ALL COOL MADE EASY Thiên nhiên đã dạy cho chúng tôi Thời gian là kim chỉ nam của chúng tôi: chậm và không ngừng trôi, thời gian đã dạy cho chúng tôi phải hành động đúng lúc, quan sát sự thay đổi của mùa màng, của những ngày nắng và mưa. Thiên nhiên đã ban

Read More »

What Makes A Wine Expensive | Factors And Characteristics

You have undoubtedly spent a lot of time looking around your local wine shop in pursuit of that $5 bottle that tastes like a $20 bottle or the $15 wine that could easily pass for a $100 bottle. What are the fundamental reasons wine is so expensive? And are these elements genuine or made up?

Read More »

Top 10 Indian Foods That Are Must Try

India is a country that can impress you at every step of the way. Whether it is the culture, scenic view, geography, history, and even foot – every thing of the nation will mesmerize you and overwhelm you. If you are a foodie and love to explore different cuisines of India, then the country welcomes

Read More »

7 Different things You Can Pair with Your Coffee

Coffee is a must-have drink for most people. But having it plain with no side snack or dish can affect your stomach lining. Fortunately, you can pair coffee with all kinds of food, from spicy dishes to pastries. Also, you can use different healthy oils, such as MCT oil, and gain all the benefits of MCT

Read More »

Eat Your Way Through Hong Kong in a Day

Taste Hong Kong: One-day journey through culinary diversity Want to eat like a Hong Konger? Hong Kong is one of the world’s great food cities and its cuisine is world-renowned for being incredibly rich, influenced by Cantonese, European, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian flavors. There’s literally something for everyone, at any time of day. Morning

Read More »