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New Zealand offers good times and great wine

New Zealand has long been well thought of as a tourist destination, despite its substantial distance from our shores.

But now it is emerging as one of the top wine-producing regions in the world, meaning tourists who like to try a drop of the local vintage when on holiday have even greater scope to explore new tastes and varieties.

According to wine experts Neil Phillips and Chris Scott, New Zealand is one of the best destinations for oenophiles.

“One of the key places to go to is New Zealand. It”s been phenomenal, particularly the development of the Sauvignon Blanc in the Marlborough region,” said Mr Phillips.

Mr Scott added: “The new world has the best set up for wine tourism.” It also appears the Marlborough region underlines this suggestion.

The area is the largest wine-producing region in the New Zealand, with around 65 wineries and nearly 300 grape growers.

Grape-growing in the area covers over 4,000 hectares, which produce a wide variety of grapes – one of the most highly-regarded of which is Sauvignon Blanc.

In 2007, New Zealand exported 22.6 million litres of wine to the UK, along with exports to Canada, USA, Germany, Japan and many other countries.

For the nature lovers there are also beautiful gardens to visit in New Zealand where you can enjoy breathtaking views, historic buildings, museums, sculptures and art, and get closer to wildlife.

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