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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Selaks Wines

    When Marino Selak first arrived in New Zealand from his native Croatia in 1906, there were a f...

  • Kemblefield Estate Winery

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

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • 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...

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 375 2013

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    Passion fruit tones Read More

    Wine review by suberogirls


  • Ah, another beautiful weekend out here in Virginia.  Last night Sandra and ... both Lloyd and I ordered the New Zealand lamb chops, while Susan had a NY Strip and Sandra ordered the special - Swordfish.  Naturally Sandra had a white wine (Falanghina, Terredora Dipaolo, Montefusco, Italy) and us other three shared a bottle of a Chilean Carmenere... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Nova Zelandia Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Cloudy Bay S 2006

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 375 2013

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    Grapefruit on the nose, grapefruit on the palate; smooth and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2013

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    A bright, but tart start, then a bit of spice/wood, then apricot and lemon. Very little oak.13.5% alcohol with a very pale gold straw color. A bit of alcohol fire with subsequent sips. Overall, a well priced summer quaffer. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • DM-It was red and I'll have to think hard on the variety.  It ... ... ... Africa and many places, New Zealand..)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Biggest Wine Cellar in...


  • Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Ribbonwood Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hi,Yes of course, apologies for not including deeper insight. Wine AKL is New Zealand's biggest wine tasting event!Wine AKL is a first-time event located in the Viaduct Event Centre, Halsey's Wharf. Lemongrass Productions and The Heart of the City are focused on creating a space for all wine lovers to gather and share experiences with like-minde... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine AKL (New Zealand)...


  • 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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