As in other countries around the world, New Zealand has the Roman Catholic missionaries to thank for bringing grape vines to the country. Despite ideal conditions for vineyard growth, beer and liquor were the beverage of choice in New Zealand until the introduction of moderately priced air travel introduced locals to premium wines found in other countries. This brought a new interest in the local production of fine wines.
Today, there are ten major wine regions in New Zealand, spanning the entire length of the country. Each region is further broken down into sub-regions, highlighting the individual terroir of that region and the unique characteristics the landscape imparts on the wines produced there.