Ultimate Guide to the Wellington Wine Region

By: Libby Little

Famous Wines of the Wellington Wine Region

New Zealand doesn't use an Appellation of Origin like many countries do in the global wine industry. But due to the multiple organizations and regulations regarding New Zealand wines, you know when you choose a bottle from the Wellington wine region that you're obtaining a delicious and safe product. Wellington’s Wairarapa wine region produces the following grape varietals:­

  • Pinot ­Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Riesling
  • Pinot Gris [source: Wairarapa Wines]

For the last 10 years, Wairarapa wines have been gobbling up all kinds of national and international awards. You can find a variety of classic reds, whites and roses from the producers in and around Wairarapa.


Travelers to New Zealand can participate in the Wairarapa Wine Festival in the spring or the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, which will take you through the full Wellington wine region [sources: Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Wairarapa Wines]. But if the long plane ride to New Zealand is a deterrent, you can easily obtain Wellington wines through the Internet or at your local wine store.

To learn more, visit the links on the following page.

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