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The first vines in New Zealand were planted in the Bay of Islands by the missionary, Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1819. Later James Busby planted vines at Waitangi and made wines.

In the late 1800’s, the Croatian gumdiggers arrived in Northland, bringing their European tradition of winemaking. This has been the foundation of the New Zealand wine industry. The Bay of Islands is gaining a reputation for quality wines; with tropical Chardonnays, popular Pinot Gris and vibrant Vigoniers, leading the white wine growth. Our almost Mediterranean climate is attributed to the consistent production of Syrah’s, Pinotage’s and the popular new world red, Chambourcin.

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