Northland is one of the smallest wine producing regions in New Zealand. However, it was in Northland that the first grapes were planted in New Zealand. Today there are small plantings near Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Russell, and Whangarei. While Matakana near Warkworth, has the largest plantings in the region. Wines coming from Matakana have shown some potential for excellence, which is helping the regions reputation to grow.
Many wineries in Northland have restaurants and tasting rooms which provide the ideal atmosphere to fully appreciate the regions wine and food. There is also a wide range of options when to come to place to eat and stay. Northland also has numerous tourist attractions, and has the warmest climate of any region in New Zealand.
Production area 2004: 591 hectares (includes Auckland)
Principal Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc