New Zealand winegrowers displayed the fruits of their labour in Toronto this week, as the Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour touched down at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The tour, which also came to Vancouver last week, showcased wine selections from across New Zealand, many of which will be coming to LCBO stores this year. The event was also in support of Ashley’s Angels, which aims to raise funds in support of research, education and innovation targeted at enhancing both the quality and quantity of life restored by transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children.
According to Tourism New Zealand’s Bjoern Spreitzer, general manager Americas and Europe, wine tourism is a growing aspect of the country’s travel industry, with an estimated one in five overseas visitors to New Zealand including a winery visit during their time in the destination.
“The wine industry in New Zealand, although relatively new, has achieved remarkable success and a great international reputation,” Spreitzer said, adding that imagery of the destination’s wine and food are frequently featured in Tourism New Zealand’s marketing materials. “New Zealand is home to 11 wine regions, which is a great way for travellers to explore the varied landscapes, climates and activities we have to offer. Harvest season can be particularly picturesque for visitors.”
For travellers planning a New Zealand visit who want to incorporate wine into their stay, there’s no shortage of options across the North and South Islands, Spreitzer said.
“Waiheke Island, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay are the most well-known and popular wine regions to visit,” he explained. Each host annual festivals celebrating the region’s wine and food. We encourage visitors to also explore the cellar doors of Central Otago, Wairarapa and Nelson Tasman if they want to taste wines where the landscapes are as diverse as the grapes growing.”