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New Zealand Wine Story

New Zealand's pristine landscape, cool climate and diverse soil types have been here for centuries, yet the wine industry only truly broke ground here in the last 30 years. The unique climate, coupled with the soil structure and passion for the land is what contributes to New Zealand‘s world-renowned wines.

Early settlers - like Nikola Nobilo - driven by their desire to create and enjoy a drink more acceptable to their traditional European palates, planted grapes and made wine with the intention of sharing it amongst their family and friends.

Over the years, New Zealand wine became sought after and overseas demand soon followed for wines produced by the early innovators of the industry. The earliest vines were planted in the North Island, yet as they ventured farther into pure New Zealand, they found something amazing - a place of supreme grape-growing potential. Vineyards sprang up across the countryside.

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity and is home to what many wine critics consider the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Oz Clarke, a well known British wine critic wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was "arguably the best in the world".

It was Sauvignon Blanc that put New Zealand on the wine map, however the diversity and sophistication of New Zealand wine styles has assured the love affair with New Zealand wine lives on around the world.

Today, with the dedication and innovation of wine producers like Nobilo, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs continue to improve each year and are still considered some of the finest in the world.