The Auckland Wine Region

Red: Syrah and Merlot blends

White: Chardonnay and Pinot Gris

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and home to a number of great restaurants and tasting rooms. As one of the older wine regions in the country, the coastal exposure provides favorable conditions for growing fleshy, heavier wines with pear and stone fruit influence. Keeping in mind that Auckland is still pretty far north for New Zealand, the cloud cover here and ocean breeze in the afternoon help prevent conditions of too much heat.

More popular labels recognized around the world from this area are Kumeu River Chardonnay (Auckland), Stonyridge (Waiheke Island) and Man O' War (Waiheke iIsland). A trip to the island from the Aquaduct is a short 40 ferry within the harbour. Waiheke is a great day trip to meet a guided wine tour, while those with more time should plan a night or two to relax and visit more in depth the marine reserve and oyster farms.

Pinot Gris

Most international visitors to New Zealand will be keen to not spend too much time in major urban areas so time spent in Auckland is usually kept to a night or two upon arrival or departure. It's a shame, as there are many day trips and excellent places to stay and eat. Within the city a few ideas include shopping in Ponsonby, golf, a day salt water fly fishing off of Waiheke Island, day trips on thae water within the harbour, and visiting gardens + museums.