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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Fallen Angel Wines

    While Stonyridge wines are estate grown and made here on Waiheke, Fallen Angel wines originate fr...

  • Lincoln Estate

    Port Lincoln on South Australia's west coast, globally recognised for its Bluefin Tuna and array ...

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

    Internationally-recognised for producing "elegant, assertive wines with glorious fruit flavours",...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Woven Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    dry, with grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand Wine 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This is Randy constantly trying to get our friend, Joyce, away from Macmurray's California Pinot Noir, her go to fav. I did not succeed, but this was very good. Maybe, no not maybe, not even close to some of the best NZ has to offer, but certainly gulpable. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Jealous Sisters Pinot Noir 2012

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    nose of honeysuckle, and has toasted almonds and roses on palate. interesting! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2014

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    fabulous nose of butter, avocado and citrus; still a bit sharp and mineraly on palate, wish it had more oak though... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Partridge, grouse and woodcock were the other birds I later hunted after my ... days other than imports from New Zealand, nor can I easily remember the last time I picked up a firearm with ill will toward any of them. In Japan I've only hunted duck and wild boar (and a bear in defense), but that was awhile ago. Fishing makes a lot more sense t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie


  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... The ... Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salmon was prepared sashimi style, with a very hot wasabi paste.  She saw her sinuses several times.  I had a pin-size taste and boy was it powerfu... Read More

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


  • Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Lovely tropical fruit aromas, very delightful. Read More

    Wine review by xicablu


  • Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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    All I can say is value. This is wine is not too citrusy but has just enough acidity to mix and match with most shell fish or earthy foods. Great sipping wine too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Speaking of a couple-of-a wines, Sandra and I poured wines again tonight at the ... ... the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  From the red wines I was pouring, I think the Bordeaux was the best, followed by the Zinfandel from Lodi, C Read More

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  • anyone tried Dry River, Pinot Noir, yet?

    Comment by 366188dalizard 366188 dalizard


  • Have you tried Torlesse Wines? The Pinot Noir is quite nice. Very good quality wine for the $'s.

    Comment by 75641mundi 75641 mundi


  • I'm looking for Monkey Bay NZ wines

    Comment by 317710Blackburn Creek 317710 Blackburn Creek


  • Was at your wine tasting tour in NYC this weekend. Tasting at USQ wines was much better setup than other 2. Definitely learned the most about NZ wines there and only bought wine there.

    Comment by 103907kells277 103907 kells277


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