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Villa Maria Regions01. Auckland02. Gisborne03. Hawkes Bay04. Marlborough
The region covers 8,355km2, is located in the northeaster corner of the North island and is also referred to as the East Cape or East Coast
The population of the region is 46,8000 (June 2012), will almost three quarters of those living in the city of Gisborne.
Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours.
The region's annual rainfall varies from about 1000mm near the coast to over 2500mm in the higher inland country
Temperatures of 38°C have been recorded and an average 65 days a year reach a maximum of over 24°C. Gisborne has bountiful sunshine but it can also suffer from frequent autumn rainfall
Gisborne's climate is generally characterised by warm summers and mild winters. Gisborne has bountiful sunshine but it can also suffer from frequent autumn rainfall.
The key grape varietals grown in Gisborne include those that need plenty of sunshine but ripen early on in the autumn, like Chardonnay. This us the varietal most planted by Villa Maria Estate in the Gisborne region