The wines of New Zealand

The wines of New Zealand

By: Rebecca Gibb MW

Publication date: July 2018
ISBN-13 (print): 9781906821845
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902790

An insight into one of the world’s most southerly wine-producing regions by Rebecca Gibb MW. Features chapters on the history of the New Zealand wine industry, the culture, climate and geography of the islands, cultivation, production and wine tourism. Chapters on the major wine growing regions and producers in both islands make up the bulk of the book.

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New Zealand’s wine industry has grown rapidly over the last thirty years, with the world’s wine drinkers falling particularly hard for the Marlborough region’s distinctive Sauvignon Blancs. But New Zealand wine goes far beyond the exuberant whites grown in the north of its South Island.
 
In The Wines of New Zealand Master of Wine Rebecca Gibb takes us on a vinous journey through Aotearoa (‘land of the long white cloud’) and opens our eyes to the huge variety of wines created throughout the two islands of one of the world’s most southerly wine-producing lands. She begins by covering the history of winemaking in New Zealand – the first grapes were planted 200 years ago, but it has only recently realized its potential. There is then an introduction to the New Zealand climate and the leading grapes – including 10 ‘must-try’ wines for each variety.
 
The major wine producing regions are detailed in turn, from Northland, the most northerly and warmest region, offering ripe Chardonnays and rich reds, to the cooler South Island, where bright whites and nuanced Pinot Noirs abound. Profiles, including recommended wines, are given for a selection of the country’s nearly 700 producers, providing an overview of the most exciting wineries and their differing approaches to viticulture and winemaking. For those readers seeking to complete their exploration of this breathtaking country in person, there is a useful chapter giving details on wine-related activities in New Zealand.
 

This expert and accessible guide to New Zealand wines is a refreshing addition to the library of any wine enthusiast.

Pages: 354
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
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Rebecca Gibb MW

Rebecca Gibb MW is an award-winning wine journalist and editor. Securing her first editorial role at UK wine trade magazine Harpers after being named UK Young Wine Writer of the Year in 2006, she has since edited several print and online publications. Rebecca contributes to prestigious titles including Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, LUX and Wine Business International, in addition to running a small business, The Drinks Project, and a puzzle company, Bamboozled.

In 2015, Rebecca became a Master of Wine. In a record class of 24 graduates, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Bollinger Medal in recognition of outstanding tasting ability. Having lived in New Zealand from 2010 to 2016 with her Kiwi husband and son, Rebecca recently returned to the UK. She maintains her strong ties with the people and wines of Aotearoa.