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Terrior of the Wairau Plains and the Gimblett Gravels Grape Growing Distrct


 Definition of Terroir

A " terroir " is a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific designated area, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making style, which contribute to give a specific personality to the wine.

It is worth noting that the great wines of the world are made in regions with the most marginal grape growing climates for the selected varieties. The great wines of the Medoc in Bordeaux are a great example of this. The vignerons of the Medoc have been very successful in their manipulation of Terroir, allowing them to make fantastic wines and decrease the amount of off vintages.

New Zealands wine regions have a wide range of Terroir ranging from the warmer north to the cooler south.

Marlborough has a world-renowned terroir and microclimate. With its unique combination of infertile and free-draining stony soils, high annual sunshine hours and a crisp coastal climate. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of how Terroir can create an amazing unique style of wine no other wine region in the world can match.

The Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay are a unique layer of river bed soils, that were exposed after a flood in 1870 redirected the Ngaruroro River. This unique sub region is around 3 degrees celsius warmer than other sub regions in Hawke's Bay during the Summer and Autumn months and because of thermal conductivity in the stoney soils, the evenings are also warmer. The gravels climate encourages greater berry development and encompassed with Terroir manipulation using good vineyard management it produces great wines to match some of the best in the world.