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 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

  • Mount Cass

    Mount Cass is a family owned boutique vineyard producing outstanding handcrafted wines in the hea...

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

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

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

    Cloudy Bay has been the benchmark New Zealand wine, from the iconic New Zealand winemaker Kevin J...

  • Fallen Angel Wines

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

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

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

  • Vavasour Wines Ltd

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

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  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2007


    nothing really stands out. It has a fruit salad type of nose mixed with the ... into a taste like any other new zealand SB. At this price point you might as well buy a $10 bottle of something simila Read More

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  • Lincoln Ice Wine 2004


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  • Berridge Vineyard Parkburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004


    Berridge Vineyards 2004 Sauvignon Blanc is a stunning value. White flowers, ... ... Richard Berridge came to New Zealand on honeymoon with his new wife Mary, discovered the wine, fell in love with the landscape and decided to buy vineyard land. He already had an interest in Duckhorn Winery in Napa and its specialist Pinot Noir Goldeneye Winery... Read More

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  • Villa Maria Riesling 2006


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  • Villa Maria Riesling 2006


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  • Kahurangi Estate Pinot Gris 2007


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  • Stonecroft Syrah Hawkes Bay 1997


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  • Hi folksI'm no doubt the first new member for 08/08 as I live in Auckland, New Zealand.Immigrated here from Scotland 6 years ago to enjoy a better climate for my retirement.Keep a modest cellar by purchasing from a variety of sources, cellar door, supermarket, local wine merchants etc. Preference for French and Italian reds (my european backgrou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Alan, NZ

  • Here at Camp Snooth, we've been working with the best and brightest to give new ... ... Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, and Spain. As we expand our list of merchants (now 11,000), we'll be adding more countries. Stay tune Read More

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  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir Marlborough Anderson Vineyard 2007


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