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

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

    Wild Rock Wine Company is a producer of regionally diverse wines. Company vineyards, a combinatio...

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

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

  • 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...

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Chardonnay

    Snoothrank:

    This wine displays a complex array of aromas and flavours. White peach, nectarine, grilled nut and oatmeal notes on the nose, followed by delicate butterscotch characters on the palate with integrated fine oak and lovely linear acidity. A medium bodied wine, it is finely balanced and elegantly textured, finishing with subtle flint nuances and a ... Read More

    Wine review by wjudeacosta


  • Al, you should also explore PN from Sonoma, New Zealand, and of course Burgundy. A few other places are interesting but those are a big start.Ever considered riding up to Sturgis? Read More

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


  • Hi Really Big Al, thanks for the welcome. I never...ever...ever overcook ... ... $20.00 wine for sure. Great New Zealand zinger :-) Cheers&nbs Read More

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


  • Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is rather light in color, with a nose full of tropical fruit, mango, Meyer lemon, and a bit of pineapple over some hints of green grass. The taste is rather nice, with a good bit of fruit up front, but with a nice tart acidity throughout, leaving you quite refreshed by the time you enjoy the crisp, dry finish.See the full review on my... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • This week's challenge: Try to find a Pinot Noir that EMark will truly ... ... out Volnay, Irancy, or even New Zealan Read More

    Forum post in the topic Shall we have a post today?


  • Sea Pearl Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    as a pinot noir i found this wine to be less than reflective of the variety that I have become used to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pebble Cove Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    starts out a little bitter but becomes bright and slightly sweet as it progresses across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Alpha Domus the Navigator 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I compared the cuvee to a Bordeaux and while it proved to be interesting particularly with four varieties.....I compared it to a Bordeaux! maybe the malbec got in the way ? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Three Paddles Martinborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    this Pinot Noir proved to be more and more palatable as I drank more of it. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand 2015

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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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