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

  • Twilight Vineyards

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

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

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

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

    The Shepherds Ridge Property The Vineyard Rarangi, in the north-eastern corner of the Waira...

  • Putiki Bay Vineyard

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

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

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

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  • Speaking of a couple-of-a wines, Sandra and I poured wines again tonight at the ... ... the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.  From the red wines I was pouring, I think the Bordeaux was the best, followed by the Zinfandel from Lodi, C Read More

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  • Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013

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    Cranberry juice with rootbeer brown hues in color....excellent clarity...looks like an above average Pinot Noir. Loads of cherry and dark assorted berries on the nose, along with smooth spiciness and mild mocha/chocolate. The flavors are of delicate berries, slight oak dryness and young Port qualities...alcohol is very gentle and overall the m... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • I had the dregs from some tastings I did Monday paired with a First Light New Zealand Wagyu Tri-Tip, Squash Mash and Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber Salad with Peach Dressing. I grilled the meat while Dava made the salad and side which BTW were off the hook.The Dr Crane was delicious yet still in diapers. The Three Twins had a nice juiciness to it and... Read More

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  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    A real beauty. Apples, lemongrass and grapefruit combine with a little petrol, acidity and wonderful minerality to give a refreshing, mouthwatering finish. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

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    Fruity and acidic with a smooth finish. Everything I look for in a good white. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The OP did make an effort, it wasn't just a shill, imho, with even a second ... response in Australia and New Zealand at the very least. Where was the photo you posted taken?Do you yourself enjoy wine? What kind? Etc. Would be good to hear from you on these subjects.Mark, ever do any yog Read More

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  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought. Babich eeks out a close win over Kim Crawford ... Crawford in the August 2016, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, tasting by Mary. I sipped each, and I agree. This was a very close decision, a wrong purchase decision between these two wines is not possibl Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought and Mary loved it. More than she, (not me) usually spends on white wine. Good to know she favors it, as this label is readily available almost everywhere. So, when I am aware enough (rarely, I admit), to bring home a treat for her I have this easy option. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand (2)2013 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio (2)NV Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vino Verde2014 Fran Etz Gruner Veltliner Austria2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" IGT Puglia (3)2013 Banfi "Centine" IGT Toscana (3)2013 Frattoria Del Cerra Marem... Read More

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  • Saint Clair Pinot Noir 2013

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    Had at stone creek Read More

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