New Zealand is a paradise of tropical beauty and discretely isolated in the south Pacific Ocean. The indigenous people of Māori continue to inhabit New Zealand with sovereignty. These native’s voyage, coming here over a century ago from their Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Time and respect have brought everyone closer, and now one in seven New Zealanders identify as Māori. Their legacy, language, and cultural traditions have significantly influenced the identity of every citizen of New Zealand. Wine has been a recent addition to the Kiwi landscape, but lighter bodied and cooler geared varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir have been thriving. Nearly 20 years ago, it seemed as if anyone with two acres had their go at growing their grapes, and for a good reason, it makes deliciously crisp wine.