The Gisborne Wine Region is located in the most easterly region of New Zealand’s North Island. The area where the Gisborne is has a rich wine history and it the place where Captain James Cook made his first landfall on New Zealand in 1769. It is predominantly white wine area renowned for its elegant Chardonnay, complex Pinot Gris and award-winning Gewürztraminer. The reds which are worthy of attention are Merlot, Malbec and Syrah. The Gisborne region still has bad fame, because of the bulk production of the 1960s and today that is slowly changing due to the specifics of the terroir and the improved wine quality. The region has a warm dry climate also regulated by the nearby Pacific Ocean, with cooling afternoon sea breezes, making it an ideal grape growing region.
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