New Zealand lies at a latitude of 36 to 45 degrees in the Southern Hemisphere, making it the most southerly wine-growing country in the world. It has 10 major wine-growing regions spread across is North and South islands. Together these extend over 1000 miles in length, each with its own particular set of climatic and geological conditions, which influence the wine styles produced there. These range from fruit-forward wines, best drunk young, to bold and characterful reds grown in the warmer parts of the country.
New Zealand has earned global recognition for the distinct style of the Sauvignon Blanc produced in Marlborough.