Auckland

The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them wine-making traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.
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  1. Twin Totara Kumeu Chardonnay 2019
    From the highly lauded Kumeu wine region, famed for some of New Zealand's best Chardonnays, comes this new cult classic. This boutique wine from a small, family-owned vineyard beside the Riverhead Forest has immediate melt-in-your-mouth appeal. A light aroma of ... Learn More
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  2. Twin Totara Kumeu Cabernet Franc Merlot 2014
    A delightfully small single-vineyard site close to riverhead Forest in the back of Kumeu country. Deeply red in colour, the wine shows a wonderful bouquet of berry fruits on the nose. Rich and ripe with soft lingering tannins revealing complex ... Learn More
  3. Puriri Hills Estate 2017
    #1 NZ Winery of the Year 2020- Serious contenders to the best right bank Bordeaux wines! Sweet fruit notes on the nose with wonderful perfume and spicy complexity. A seductive red with subtle power & layers of concentrated fruit. Approachable young with ... Learn More
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