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New Zealand took Sauvignon Blanc from France and, from the first plantings in 1973, has turned it into the country’s signature grape now representing 86% of its total wine exports.
Benefiting from NZ’s cool maritime climate, its wines are famous for their purity, intensity and vibrancy. Vines were however introduced to New Zealand in the 1851 by Roman Catholic missionaries. Now the list of varietals is ever expanding. NZ’s latest success story is Pinot Noir which has won many international awards.