Although a small country, New Zealand’s diversity of climates and soils produces an assortment of distinctive and internationally renowned wines. It is known, that missionary Samuel Marsden introduced the grape vine to New Zealand in 1819, and that wine was produced on a Waitangi estate in 1833. In the South Island French settlers planted small vineyards at Akaroa. The oldest winery in New Zealand, which was established in 1865, is at the Mission Vineyards at Greenmeadows, Hawke's Bay. By the close of the 19th century small commercial vineyards were established in other parts of Hawke's Bay and in the Auckland-Northland region. It was not for another hundred years however that the thriving, world-class industry as we know it toay began to develop.
Eastern North Island
Nelson / Marlborough
Although considered the smallest wine production region in New Zealand, Northland is known for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, which flourish in the warm ripening conditions of the far North Island.
Known for its Chardonnays, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons, most Auckland wines are produced in the flat areas of Henderson, Clevedon and Kumeu.
In the 1980s vines were also planted on Waiheke Island, in Hauraki Gulf. The Island is wine retreat with is noted for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties.
Eastern North Island
Revered as a top Chardonnay-producing area, Gisborne also has a celebrated reputation for Gewurztraminer. More recently, some fine Viognier, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc wines have emerged, along with sparkling wines. Reds are also becoming increasingly popular, with excellent Merlots, Malbec, Pinotage and even the occasional Syrah being produced One of New Zealand’s oldest and most established wine regions, the Hawke’s Bay is also one of the country's largest wine producers.Chardonnay is the main variety, but reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah are also suited to the warm climate of the Hawke's Bay region.
The Wairarapa wine region is the sixth largest in New Zealand, producing top quality wines worthy of numerous international accolades.As well as award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Reislings, this lower North Island region turns out a popular Sauvignon Blanc.
Nelson / Marlborough
The Nelson wine region’s growing conditions are highly suited to Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc varieties and the wines produced are distinctively different to those produced in neighbouring Marlborough. Marlborough is now the largest wine producing region in the country, 79% of New Zealand’s total active wine production most of it Sauvignon Blanc.
Pinot Noir and Reisling are specialties, but Waipara Valley also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Gewürtztraminer, Muller Thurgau, Pinotage, Syrah and even Port. Further south in the region grapes are planted on the river plains and on Banks Peninsula. Grape varieties planted include Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Otago / Deep South
The first wine-grapes were planted in Central Otago in 1864.Despite the district’s potential as a wine growing area being recognised by French and Australian viticulturists from the 1860’s onwards, wine-grapes were not commercially grown again in Central Otago for more than a century. Fine wine, and especially pinot noir, is the new gold in this southern region of New Zealand. The past 5 years has seen rapid expansion in the fledgling Central Otago wine industry.
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At Sileni Estates our Cellar Store is more than just a wine retail store and tasting centre. It is a gourmet food store specialising in top quality food products and specialty gift items sourced from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and around the world.
Our knowledgeable Cellar Store Team will advise on the use of food items and more about the products themselves. There are always tastings of various products to be enjoyed in store and we encourage the producers to spend time at Sileni to talk about their particular speciality.
Our cheese larder is temperature and humidity controlled and is stocked with a huge selection of cheeses from New Zealand & around the world including Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy.
We also specialise in creating gorgeous gift hampers and baskets to suit all tastes and budgets and we can arrange delivery locally, nationally and internationally. With so many wonderful products to choose from, including wine, cheese, chocolates, and conserves, the gift you send will surprise and delight.
Cellar Store Hours:
• Summer – 7 days 10am to 5pm (Oct – Apr)
• Winter – 5 days 10am to 4pm (May to Sept)
Phone: 06 8798768 Address: 2016 Maraekakaho Road | Hastings www.sileni.co.nz/
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Closest vineyard to downtown Auckland, organic wines, award winning wines. Wine tasting every day.
Restaurant serving locally sourced products from our Oratia Farmers Market.
Open 7 days for lunch, Friday evenings until 8 pm.
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Phone: 09 838 7979 Address: 99 Parrs Cross Rd Henderson 0612 www.artisanwines.co.nz/