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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

    Cloudy Bay has been the benchmark New Zealand wine, from the iconic New Zealand winemaker Kevin J...

  • New harbor

    Marlborough, on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, is the country’s premier appellat...

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

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

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • 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

  • Saint Clair Pinot Noir 2013

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    Had at stone creek Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc Net 2009

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    Wine review by paintingjob


  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you ... compare - they make them in New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France (its home), Australia, Chile, South Africa, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, New York, Washington, California, and elsewhere. And the good news is that they're usually on the less expensive side, even for the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Sileni Estates Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection North Island 2014

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    2nd time around and still liking it a bunch. One notable change - the grapefruit, though prominent, has lessened some and it allowed the other lemongrass and citrus notes to shine a little brighter. The honeysuckle and orchard florals are very good. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hi Demelza.  That wine of course is Chardonnay, so you can find other ... ... to look at something from New Zealand for example.Lots of whites will be kind of similar to what you like, although again, they won't be exactly the same. But you can look at say, Albarino from Spain, or Assyrtiko, which comes from Santorini off Greece, or some Itali... Read More

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  • Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2012

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    Another one had at Lunch yesterday at Marcello's Chophouse. Opens with Musk and Stewed Black Fruit, and Earthiness. Tart, somewhat acidic, and medium to highly tannic, but pleasantly so. As it opens, it smooths out and delivers more and more stewed fruits, some chocolate/cocoa, and earth. I prefer this style much more than the more fruit forward... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... ... That combined with some New Zealand experience makes a leaner style wine, lower in alcohol, fruit driven. Both Washington & Oregon vineyards.Analemma: 100% Gorge grown grapes. The ribbon-like emblem on the bottle signifies boundless or infinity. Once again there ... Read More

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  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Grapefruit Juice. Longish finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Craggy Range Chardonnay Kidnappers Vineyard 2010

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    An area of New Zealand worth watching that's for sure. It and Central Otago are prime wine areas. A delightful nose that reminds me more of schisty French chards than anything else. With lemon, nuttiness, some apple, slight oak, a chalky on the nose float out seamlessly from and pale hay, green hued juice. There is good acidity and large mineral... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • anyone tried Dry River, Pinot Noir, yet?

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  • 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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