Intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most refreshing wines. France’s Loire Valley may be its spiritual home, but it’s at its most thrilling in Marlborough, where it makes “one of the world’s great flavor-for-money whites,” says Wine Spectator. Crafted with premium grapes from Marlborough’s gorgeous Awatere Valley, Sunday Bay is a classic example. Get ready for an invigorating blast of tropical fruit, with lively acidity and textbook minerally freshness. Enjoy well-chilled, with fresh seafood, white meats or a spread of cheeses. Or, sip it on its own, as a classy aperitif.
The Pohutukawa tree is one of New Zealand’s most recognizable indigenous plants. It’s affectionately known as “The New Zealand Christmas Tree,” thanks to the brilliant scarlet blooms that blanket its branches in December. Like grapevines, it thrives in quick-draining, mineral-rich soil, so you may see them dotting the landscape at local vineyards.