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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Putiki Bay Vineyard

    Putiki Bay is a boutique vineyard located on the idyllic coastal site on Waiheke Island. Our phi...

  • Kemblefield Estate Winery

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

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

    Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner a...

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

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

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is rather light in color, with a nose full of tropical fruit, mango, Meyer lemon, and a bit of pineapple over some hints of green grass. The taste is rather nice, with a good bit of fruit up front, but with a nice tart acidity throughout, leaving you quite refreshed by the time you enjoy the crisp, dry finish.See the full review on my... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • This week's challenge: Try to find a Pinot Noir that EMark will truly ... ... out Volnay, Irancy, or even New Zealan Read More

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  • Sea Pearl Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014

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    as a pinot noir i found this wine to be less than reflective of the variety that I have become used to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pebble Cove Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    starts out a little bitter but becomes bright and slightly sweet as it progresses across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Alpha Domus the Navigator 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I compared the cuvee to a Bordeaux and while it proved to be interesting particularly with four varieties.....I compared it to a Bordeaux! maybe the malbec got in the way ? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Three Paddles Martinborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    this Pinot Noir proved to be more and more palatable as I drank more of it. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Binny's 3/2017. $7 US???? Simply the best buy you can find this summer. Even if you are in Cape Cod or Bar Harbor looking for a lobster roll, I was. This will beat the price/quality ratio. I am thinking about buying a case, but then again it is late July and crispy dry deck whites are almost in the "gone" season. Maybe just 6 then. I am so cheap. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010

    Snoothrank:

    clear, pale lemon; exhibited a lot of fruity acids and had hints of pineapple. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kate Radburnd Pinot Gris 2014

    Snoothrank:

    very pleasant and calming fresh and inviting flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010

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    Looking for quality for an excellent price, try this well made wine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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