The Northern Hemisphere might be hunkering down for winter, but here in New Zealand we are looking forward to summer and the promise of sunshine and warm weather. It’s the perfect time to start planning road trips to the various wine regions around the country.

That in mind,  I’ve been flicking through the pages of Michael Cooper’s Wine Atlas of New Zealand, a visually stunning coffee table book that provides an in depth look into the New Zealand wine industry and it’s diverse wine regions.

Starting with a fascinating summary of the history of New Zealand winemaking, Cooper then moves on to discussing the various types of wine produced and the role that New Zealand’s unique climate, soil, and topography plays in developing it’s award wining wines.

Detailed 3-D maps, combined with spectacular photographs and detailed information about local winery locations in each of the nine principle wine regions around the country, make this book an invaluable resource for wine lovers interested in exploring New Zealand’s wine country.

I’ve been using the Wine Atlas of New Zealand to help map out plans to visit most of the wine regions over the next coming months, starting next month with weekend visits to Auckland’s Waiheke Island and Martinborough just outside Wellington.

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