New Zealand is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean located 1500 miles west of Australia. The indigenous Maori people of the country had never grown grapes and wine did not. Never knew the world would taste New Zealand wines, if not for Reverend Samuel Marsden. It was he who in 1819 founded the first in the Kerikeri New Zealand vineyards. And 16 years later the Scotsman James Busby planted a vineyard on the French and Spanish varieties. Recently, the New Zealand wine industry - the clean and green country in the world - is rapidly developing and gaining acceptance worldwide. Now there are about 300 small wineries that produce premium wine only. New Zealand wines are characterized by brightness, liveliness, purity and rich fruit aromas.
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