Why New Zealand Wine
The idea for Sagan Imports came when two of the company's American founders went on a wine tasting trip to New Zealand. They were surprised to discover that the country produced amazing premium wines that never made it to the US, where low-priced New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc had quickly gained popularity. The company was created to provide an opportunity for discerning wine drinkers in America to experience the truly world class premium wines of New Zealand.
New Zealand sites the same distance from the equator as France's most famous wine making regions, but instead in the Southern Hemisphere. The fairly isolated country geographically comprises two main landmasses — the North Island and the South Island — and around 600 smaller islands in the south-west Pacific Ocean. The result is long, warm summers with cool evenings from ocean breezes throughout the extended growing season.
This temperate maritime client allows a wide range of varietals to flourish. Sauvignon Blanc was the first wine to put New Zealand on the map, and it developed a cult following with millions around the globe. Cabernet blends and Syrah flourish in New Zealand's warmer regions like as Hawke's Bay while cooler climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Riesling are cultivated with great success in more southerly regions like Central Otago.
We invite you to try the wines of New Zealand to experience something new and amazing for your palate.