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

  • Sapich Brothers Ltd

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

  • Kemblefield Estate Winery

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

  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Selaks Wines

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

  • 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

  • Allan Scott Pinot Noir 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Served with London Broil with the Gilmore's to kick off "summer", or in this case a very warm spring day. Just a delightful bottle made even more memorable because we followed it up with a typical bottle of California's over priced attempt at a red blend. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Quick lunch this afternoon, back in the district.  We attended an early ... 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, spicy soup and a dozen raw oysters hit the spo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Gimblett Road Hawks Bay New Zealand Syrah 2013

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    wonderful, fresh, smooth and refreshing like a spring day. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2013

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    Nose is almost unpronounced to a hint of berry. Firm tannins, dry. Underwhelming at best. Read More

    Wine review by juice4me


  • Your notes are no surprise, judging by the labels. Sounds like a great wedding, ... ... North & South Island New Zealand. Will be interested in hearing your comments on Dog Point, Cloudy Bay and others then.  ;-)  I'm much happier with some of the pinot noir from down there than any of the S Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wedding Wines in Palm Springs


  • Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Block 5 2007

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    Wine review by Sanchee1


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Awesome! Read More

    Wine review by trohk


  • Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago 2012

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    Floral and earthy nose with licorice violets and rich syrupy cherries. More herbal notes in the mouth, basil and sage, with delicious ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit blossoming towards the finish blending with tart cranberry, blueberry and a creamy oaky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by trohk


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