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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Sapich Brothers Ltd

    The Sapich family has been making ports, sherries and wines in the Henderson Valley since the 1...

  • Matua Valley Wines Ltd

    Matua Valley Wines began as a small, family-run winery in West Auckland, New Zealand, in 1973. In...

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

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

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • 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

  • The Pilot' Hawkes Bay New Zealand Merlot 2012

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    I tried to like this wine...........but could not. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... The Wine Cabinet for their New Zealand and Australia wine tasting and finally I stopped at Bertucci's Pizza to pick up some dinner.  I bought 3 wines at the wine shop, two of them from the tasting and one being a Malbec that looked tasty to me.Here are some tastin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Thanks, DVogler,Our store has seen some good stuff come from Australia and New Zealand, especially some wonderful Sauvignon Blanc. Spanish wines, not as much.  People here are unfamiliar with Spanish wines, so it's an education process, and that's always fun. (Did you read the sarcasm in that last statement?)Thanks for responding to my "hello!" Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by SagitariusFox


  • Sileni Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    So absolutely, crisp and very smooth. Surprisingly tasted very good with sea salt chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by tgraceffa


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by natmrk


  • The Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 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...


  • 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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