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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

    Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by majority shareholders, Greg and Sue White, and...

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

    Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner a...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • Kemblefield Estate Winery

    In the early 1990’s Californians John Kemble and Kaar Field began their search for a vineyard and...

  • Coopers Creek

    “One of the most complete and interesting visit and tastings I made while in New Zealand was to t...

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • The Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2013 2013

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    Picked this up at Jubilation. Opens with pine tar and asphalt then bright under-ripe Peach, Apricot, and Kiwi. Then moves to Kiwi Strawberry. Very bright, high acidity and becomes more subdued as it sits in the glass. Still major notes of Lime, Kiwi, and Apricot. Not a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, but liked the crispness and the acidity and the c... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Okay, now you admit it JD!  And I was trying to be sort of nice :)You hit ... it perfectly when you said New Zealand.  They make some really good wine, but again, not much of the great stuff gets to North America.  If they increase their production, via more wineries/vineyards, I suspect they could legitimately be a bigger player.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • No worry DV, did you think I expected you all to ooh and ahh about a Bloomberg ... ... though I never do. New Zealand too, though it wasn't mentioned here. That South England is becoming Champagne North due to global warming is both funny and interesting, depending on who you talk to, maybe both.The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, ... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people ... out of the bottle somewhat New Zealand Sauv Blanc'ish, predominately white grapefruit with some green pear and a good hit of acid but not much else. Not very complex with a short finish.So, what besides cabs and chards have you tried latel Read More

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  • I have had the pleasure the last few days to taste some nice wines courtesy of ... now live in Shanghai, via New Zealand). I tend to taste over a few days with Vacuum resealing to look for development.Shanghai prices are pretty high compared to most places I have lived worldwide for imported wines, but I managed to bag them all around 110 to 1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wild Rock Pinot Noir "cupid's Arrow" Central Otago 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by kendramoroz


  • It made for a nasty headache the next day.NG - You crack me up.  I suppose ... pleasantly surprised by the New Zealand Pinot Noir.  I need to look into this one as my focus had been on Oregon.  I have tried several Pinots from France too, and they were delicious.  My blind wine tasting parties (two so far) have been a mixture of whites and reds... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...


  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes ... ... a French Chardonnay, a New Zealand Pinot Noir, an Italian Chianti Classico and a French Syrah. It is interesting to note that not one of the wines in the blind tasting were from RdV, nor were there any Virginian wines.  Most of the wines were old world (Ger... Read More

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  • Sorry I disappeared for a while!  Finally caught the winter cold bug. ... ... soup but definitely not a New Zealand Sauv Blanc!  Having a stuffy nose surprisingly reduces all the flavors down to the basics(salty, sweet and yuck).  We also liked a sparkling with the main course.  We tried a couple of Pinot Noirs just to see and we'll definitely... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...


  • Ott's Constant Dream Riesling 2011

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; A very pale Silver Gold in the Glass with notes of yeast, baking spices, and unripe apricot. Medium bodied and off-dry, a full and slightly viscous mouthfeel. More notes of green apples, melon, lemon/lime, minerality, and sweetness. Had this alone, but wish I had paired it with something, it deserves food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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.

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  • 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...

    Comment by 1527058Snoother 1527058 1527058 Snoother 1527058


  • 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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