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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

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

  • Mud House Wines

    Mud House is a winery specializing in growing and crafting cool-climate pinot noir and sauvignon ...

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Lincoln Estate

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

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Grapefruit on the nose, grapefruit on the palate; smooth and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2013

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    A bright, but tart start, then a bit of spice/wood, then apricot and lemon. Very little oak.13.5% alcohol with a very pale gold straw color. A bit of alcohol fire with subsequent sips. Overall, a well priced summer quaffer. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • DM-It was red and I'll have to think hard on the variety.  It ... ... ... Africa and many places, New Zealand..)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Biggest Wine Cellar in...


  • Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Ribbonwood Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hi,Yes of course, apologies for not including deeper insight. Wine AKL is New Zealand's biggest wine tasting event!Wine AKL is a first-time event located in the Viaduct Event Centre, Halsey's Wharf. Lemongrass Productions and The Heart of the City are focused on creating a space for all wine lovers to gather and share experiences with like-minde... Read More

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  • Could you give us a little more information here about what you're aiming for and some of the prospective highlights of the event, as well as about yourselves, too, rather than just sending us off to your website??! Read More

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  • Dear Snooth and local wine lovers, It's looking every day a little ... ... if you could join us for New Zealand's largest wine tasting event. Wine Auckland is held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August 2014 at the Viaduct Event Centre, Central Auckland.We would love you to help us promote Wine Auckland. As the event is in its inaugural year it... Read More

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  • But that's also sparkling, Al. Plenty of good riesling out there, even ... at those from Australia and New Zealand which are often quite dry. Finally I'd sweat a bit in cherrypicking the best of the North American lot, which often tend to be too sweet, insipid or otherwise unpleasantly imbalanced due to insufficient acidity and other issues--th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry Riesling


  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


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