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 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

  • Vavasour Wines Ltd

    The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to...

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

    The Shepherds Ridge Property The Vineyard Rarangi, in the north-eastern corner of the Waira...

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

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

  • Lincoln Estate

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

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • Highfield Estate

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

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Wine 2017


    Fresh and grassy lemon and grapefruit aromas with the lightest note of peach. Flavors of melon and lemon continue to the palate where they are met with an herbal note of lemongrass and grassy dried sweet basil, finishing clean and lightly floral. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2015


    Binny's 11/17. Remembering when Oyster Bay was so popular you could not find it. Now it is everywhere, and not as tasty as when it was scarce. The more the merrier? Not always with wine. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, ... NEW ZEALAND 2016 It’s not news to Pinot Noir lovers that New Zealand has a few appellations capable of producing world-class Pinot Noir. Central Otago, on the south island and home to the most southerly (as in, close to Antarctica southern) vineyards in the world, is the best known.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...

  • Seaside Cellars New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Discovery Point Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014


    Candied cherry and floral berry aromas with a note of cola. Easy drinking and juicy on the palate, initially full fruited with cherry, blueberry and cranberry, this shows a bit more acidity and earth on the mid palate that develops into a finish of tart red fruit and pleasant loamy, dusty earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Discovery Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016


    Cool and herbal aromas of lemongrass, sweet basil and fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Tart fruit showing on entry, mostly grapefruit and lemon with some melon flavors coming through on the mid palate where a soft acidity creates a creamy texture through to a tight finish of light herb. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hello EverybodyI live in New Zealand and I am trying to contact anybody that could help me import Luna di Luna wines into New Zealand.I am having difficulty in contacting the winery to establish a relationship. HELP PLEASE Toastd Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015


    Light bodied with grapefruit, tropical notes, a dash of minerality and a whole bunch of acidity. Drink now - 84 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by trohk

  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by effell

  • 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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