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Want to know an excellent location for producing great wines? Home of the wines produced in the southernmost parts of the world, New Zealand produces a small fraction of the world's wines. However, though New Zealand wines may lack in numbers, they make up for it in quality. From New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc to its Pinot Noir, New Zealand wines are recognized among the elite wines of the world.
Due to New Zealand's diverse topography and climate, the vineyards are capable of producing a wide variety of wines. In all, there are ten main wine growing regions in New Zealand. Most of the wine harvesting in New Zealand takes place in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Nelson, Wellington, Marlborough, Canterbury, and Central Otago. The timing of the wine harvesting in New Zealand varies by region. In the northernmost areas of Northland or Aukland, where the weather is warmer and more humid, winemakers generally begin their wine harvest between the end of February to the beginning of March. The southernmost area of Central Otago starts its wine harvesting season between mid and late April.