Ultimate Guide to the Canterbury Wine Region

Famous Wines of the Canterbury Wine Region

Looking for a great wine and an unbeatable price? It seems as if New Zealand might be the next big thing, but even with its growing popularity, it hasn't always been so. Several wines were pulled in the 1980s, and a serious rebuilding effort was mounted in the 1990s, under which the country's production once again flourished [source: Robinson].

Today, Sauvignon Blanc is quickly becoming "the" wine of New Zealand, with a supremely recognizable "crisp, grassy" flavor [source: Canterbury Winegrowers Association]. But everything from Riesling to Pinot Noir and Merlot have worked their way into the hearts and palates of people worldwide, and should you want Chardonnay from the southernmost wineries of the world, you'll be able to find it [source: NZ Wine].

Which bottles and years are getting the rave reviews? Try one of these gems from Canterbury:

  • Pinot Noir: 1982 St. Helena
  • Riesling: 2004 Pegasus Bay, 2004 Sherwood Clearwater
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

[sources: Clarke, Sbrocco, Crean]

South of the border and south of pretty much everything, these wines have their own distinct flavor of sun and style packed into every shippable drop. Now you can get out there and sample some for yourself.

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