New Zealand Wine

The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and some commercial wineries began to surface. But the industry never really took off as it did in Australia and other parts of the world at this time. When Phylloxera struck the country, as it did elsewhere, the known “cure” was to graft American root stock onto European vinifera, which repelled the louse. However, New Zealand took a more direct approach and decided instead to just source all their vines directly from America. which was costly and time-consuming. There were also very loose quality standards when it came to wine production. Sugar and water were allowed to be added to bulk out the wine. As a result, into the 20th century, most New Zealand wine was shunned in favor of Australian imports. 

There was also a form of Prohibition enacted around the same time as it was in the US, in the 1920s. While alcohol was not banned outright, there were several government measures put forth to Read more »

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Varietals Produced in New Zealand View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of New Zealand

  • Central Otago

      Cental Otago, located on the tip of New Zealand’s South Island is the world’s highest and ...

  • Gisborne

    Gisborne Wine Region http://www.gisbornewine.co.nz Wine lovers revere Gisborne as the “Chardo...

  • Hawke's Bay

    Hawke’s Bay, in New Zealand’s North Island, has the longest wine-making history in the country....

  • Marlborough

      While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominenc...

  • Auckland

  • Nelson

      Nelson is a small, but prolific wine region located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s S...

Popular Wineries in New Zealand View all

  • Kim Crawford Wines

    One of the reasons why New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have taken the world by storm. Delightful ...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

    Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherl...

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

    The Shepherds Ridge Property The Vineyard Rarangi, in the north-eastern corner of the Waira...

  • Highfield Estate

    Highfield is a boutique Marlborough winery making ultra premium, food friendly wines for restaura...

  • Mud House Wines

    Mud House is a winery specializing in growing and crafting cool-climate pinot noir and sauvignon ...

  • Mount Cass

    Mount Cass is a family owned boutique vineyard producing outstanding handcrafted wines in the hea...

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Wine review by trohk


  • Very much interested in hearing about the wines as well, haven't had a ... ... are from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand or Australia, a couple Spanish and Italian but a definite lack of anything Frenc Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10th Annual 2017 Northwoods...


  • Kato Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Pours a beautiful yellowish color, with green and light golden hues....excellent clarity and just very slight carbonation...aromas of sweet citrus...think mandarin orange, grapefruit, and honeydew melon. The flavors follow suit, albeit with much more tart mineral/citrus notes, tropical, and with a long finish. Mouthfeel is light, becoming medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

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    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Villa Maria Marlborough Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    For a wine lover, there is nothing like lining up a group of wines from one ... We did this as a group with New Zealands most awarded winery, Villa Maria Winery and Vineyards in Auckland, New Zealand!Villa Maria Winery has been producing wonderful wines for over 50 years and Helen Morrison is the Senior Marlborough Winemaker and one of three w... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 6/2017. Mary loved it and I was very close to saying the same. NZ, just does not export crap. Other countries can learn from their system. California, gets a pass, although they could secede from the Union and would then have to compete with a better value product at the low end of the price scale. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    Binny's 6/2017. I found this bottle in the wine rack and it was 1/3 gone. Did I put it in there that way? It has a screw top so I wasn't sure, it opened a little to easily so I must have had a glass or two and put it back. No leakage around the wine rack. Bizarre. Anyway, we finished in South Haven on the beach, and like most NZ wines the value ... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Hi Team,I'm the founder / creator of New Zealand's newest buying platform for Fine Wine! The New Zealand Fine Wine Society is a Wholesale Buying Platform un-replicated in NZ.Our Club made up of Kiwi members who have an appreciation or love of fine NZ Wines – “Wineophilia” make up the buying power we all benefit fromAs a NZFWS Club member you hav... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Herbal lemongrass and green pepper aromas with fresh citrus notes that are ... ... ... of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - herbal, citrusy and expressive with warm fruit and zesty acidity, finishing clean and light with lengthy grassy note Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • EM - The 'Shellfish' flight is described below in the menu (I usually ... the Sancerre more than the New Zealand version of Sauvignon Blanc, but they were both tasty.  Sandra in fact had a full pour of the Sancerre and that was her favorite of the two.  I gave her most of my Vinho Verde after tasting it, because I was getting that prosecco wit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Try a Lime Rock Pinot Noir from limestone hills in Central Hawkes Bay, NZ. 2009 if you can find it, as Jancis put it in her 100 Red Wine list for 2012.

    Comment by 395997limerock 395997 limerock


  • On behalf of Lemongrass Productions Ltd., we would be delighted if you could join us for New Zealand's largest wine tasting event. Wine Auckland is held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August 2014 at the Viaduct Event Centre, Central Auckland. We would love you to help us promote Wine Auckland. As the event is in its inaugural year it's importa...

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  • Hello, Mr.Wai Xin Chan, I am very happy to know you. This is Joseph In Tianjin Of China. I am a small importer of wine and also interested in New Zealand wine. I am looking for the wines produced in New Zealand which is cheaper and suitable to Chinese taste. As an expert of Oceania, Could you recommend one or two the wineyards to me ? ...

    Comment by 1174965Joseph Zhou 1174965 Joseph Zhou


  • I am trying to find stockists of Chevalier de Bayard 2007 Vin de Pays De i aude. Is there anyone out there that can help me. Live in ChCh New Zealand

    Comment by 1137287Snoother 1137287 1137287 Snoother 1137287


  • 2010 Omaka Springs Sauvignon Blanc is on the current BevMo $.05 far $15.04 for two bottles - great value!!

    Comment by 889924CindyNapa 889924 CindyNapa


  • Still trying to find a good Pinot that compares to Rabbit Ranch, one of my favourite NZ reds and relatively inexpensive. Highly recommend Mount Difficulty and Roaring Meg around the same price - but keen for some advice on the best NZ red so I can have a bottle ready for my first child being born in October :)

    Comment by 666955samdouglas 666955 samdouglas


  • For honest no BS NZ wine reviews visit http://www.winevaulttv.com

    Comment by 77525Jayson Bryant 77525 Jayson Bryant


  • Some of our favorite wineries are Forrest Estate, Sacred Hill, Gibbston Valley and Alan Scott. there cover a range of price ranges and encompass some of the more famous wine regions of NZ. I do find most NZ wines to be very similar, but those mentioned above represent some of the better examples. A good Central Otago Pinot (Gibbston Valley) or...

    Comment by 577576IntermeDx 577576 IntermeDx


  • I love Yealands Estate Winery in Marlborough NZ. Visited their cellar door, great experience and really enjoyed their wines and their sustainable vision.

    Comment by 561401Singaporegirl 561401 Singaporegirl


  • Hi Dalizard, Yes tried the '08 Pinot, it is another monster, but I think a big step up on the '07 which to me came across almost Syrah like, it was also a monster. '08 is clearly Pinot, it is huge with big Pinot fruit (i.e. Berries and plum etc) and oriental spices with a big syrupy finish. Put it in your cellar and forget about it for another 5...

    Comment by 551960Damndit 551960 Damndit


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