Hawkes Bay might be best known as the oldest and second largest wine region in New Zealand — touting similar soils and climate to France’s famed Bordeaux — but it is also home to cider. Since 2008, Zeffer Cider has grown from a farmers’ market commodity made in a shed just north of Auckland to the thriving operation it is today in Hawkes Bay, where that ideal growing climate is located. Making use of other flavorsome crops grown in the area, Zeffer’s Hop Infused Cider features New Zealand-grown Nelson hops, bringing tropical, citrus and floral hop aromatics to the booming bouquet of green apple. The hops offer citrus and slight bitterness on the juicy, sweet-tart apple palate that is almost reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. In essence, this is a great gateway cider for both wine lovers and beer drinkers.