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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • Putiki Bay Vineyard

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

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • Vavasour Wines Ltd

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

  • Twilight Vineyards

    Proprietors Bruce and Joy Peart now together with Johnny Leung own and operate their boutique Twi...

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Kim Crawford New Zealand Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    drinking 2004 Tiger's Tale Cabernet Sauvignon from the NapaStyle Wine Club. Read More

    Wine review by mwmeyers312

  • Oyster Bay Sb 2007


    Pale yellow in colour, to the nose it brings delicate, aromatic scents of flowers. To the palate it is crisp, with surprising structure, pleasant acidity and hints of tropical fruit and citrus. Above all the mineral notes, lingering in a long end. Surprising for such a young wine to be like this. I would match it with spicy seafood. Read More

    Wine review by Lanfranch

  • Villa Maria Pinot Gris Cellar Selection 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by sixinchheels

  • Gunn Estate Pinot Gris Hawkes Bay 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by sixinchheels

  • Nobilo Pinot Gris Marlborough 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by sixinchheels

  • Poggio Ai Chiari 2002


    We had this in 2008, so it had six years on it. Rich body and a decent amount of acidity. The aromas are overwhelmingly nutty. On the palate is that same nuttiness, lemon, and a slight baked apple. It's nutty! Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Dog Point Sauvignon Bla 2007


    The color is very light but not clear, the nose has a little pear to it but I had difficulty in identifying the fruit. The flavor was good with a tart aftertaste. I had it with grilled yellow fin tuna and it went well with the fish. Read More

    Wine review by trecker

  • Coopers Creek Pinot Noir Marlborough 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Imperial155

  • Welcome, welcome. I'm Mark, CTO here at Snooth.It seems a bit strange to be ... Sauvignon Blanc wines from New Zealand, a growing enthusiast for Oregon Pinot, and a fan of the now classic Napa Cab. I've been experimenting with some wines from the Rhone recently, especially some tasty Syrah from Crozes-Hermitage. Delicious. You'll also find me ... Read More

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  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006


    Still that intriguing funky nose, grassy but not overwhelmingly. Its a surprise hit with me to be honest, really nice. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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