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Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world, and in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, it produces around three-quarters of all the country's wine. The pungent, zesty white wines made from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are world famous, and Marlborough is widely considered to be the New World home of the variety.
The region consists of a sunny, dry pair of valleys – the Wairau and the Awatere – which run parallel to each other. It stretches down the South Island's Pacific (east) coast from the small port town of Picton in the Marlborough Sounds to the town of Kaikoura. The long, straight Wairau Valley has more plantings than the more recently developed Awatere Valley. In 2010, Marlborough had 58,300 acres (23,600ha) under vine.... more
New Zealand is a remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean, south-east of Australia. It lies between latitudes 36°S and 45°S, making it the southernmost wine-producing nation in the world. New Zealand has 10 major wine-growing regions spread across the North and South Islands, the most important of whic ... more
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