Top 5 vineyards in New Zealand

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    So you might be thinking, why New Zealand? Well, aside from being one of the most beautiful places on earth, New Zealand has a huge up and coming wine industry. With beautiful wineries and vineyards and eleven different growing regions, you have a lot to choose from. The wines that they are producing are some of the best in the world and you can really plan a whole trip around just going to see these top five vineyards in New Zealand.

    Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay

    2013 Hawkes Bay 'The Trinity'
    2013 Hawkes Bay ‘The Trinity’

    Top on our list is Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay. It is located in a river bed which makes the soil perfect for wine grapes. They grow a huge variety of different grapes and take a lot of pride in showing that off. This is a great place to go if you have been interested in trying different varietals and learning the subtle differences between wines.

    Burn Cottage Vineyard, Central Otago

    Next is the Burn Cottage Vineyard in Central Otago. They are known for their pinot noir and amazing hipster feel. They also have different cattle and sheep on the vineyard to help make it more self-sustaining. This is a great place to spend the day at because there is a lot to see and to taste. They proudly sport home grown olives as well to complete your decadent day trip.

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    Rippon Vineyard, Central Otago

    Then there is the classic Rippon Vineyard also located in Central Otago. This vineyard boasts something that makes it completely different than any other vineyard you have been to before. It is actually the most southern vineyard in the world. They make some very rare and not found anywhere else varietals that are great for the newbie and the experienced wine drinker alike. They really have a holistic and interesting appeal to their vineyard.

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    Herzog, Marlborough

    Herzog in Marlborough is the perfect place to spend an evening because not only can you try some life changing wine, but you can also enjoy a special five course meal in the vineyard itself. This is a perfect place to go for a special occasion because they really try to make every experience unique and beautiful.

    Herzog vineyard, Marlborough
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    Herzog vineyard, Marlborough
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    Bell Hill, Canturbury

    Last on our list today is Bell Hill located in Canturbury. The focus mainly on pinot noirs and chardonnays and they are really committed to making sure that these are the best wines that you have ever tasted. Because they do not produce a wide variety of wines, they are able to give a strong commitment to those beautiful ones that they do.

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