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

  • 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...

  • Lincoln Estate

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

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

    Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by majority shareholders, Greg and Sue White, and...

  • Oyster Bay Wines

    Internationally-recognised for producing "elegant, assertive wines with glorious fruit flavours",...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

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  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2006


    Light and silky. Very lovely wine that can be enjoyed on its own. Read More

    Wine review by Mookies

  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2006


    This wine was the winner on a wine tasting night on my birthday. It's fairly light for a pinot noir. Read More

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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

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Lincoln Ice Wine 2004


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    Wine review by mecrandell

  • 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

    Wine review by umbarger

  • 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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    Wine review by jonmountain

  • 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

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