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...

  • 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...

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

  • Wild Rock Wine Company

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

  • Putiki Bay Vineyard

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

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • Sapich Brothers Ltd

    The Sapich family has been making ports, sherries and wines in the Henderson Valley since the 1...

  • New harbor

    Marlborough, on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, is the country’s premier appellat...

  • Konrad & Conrad

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

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New Zealand on Snooth

  • We hosted our fall wine tasting party this evening - 13 people sampling 9 ... ... One wine was actually from New Zealand, but so much for the instructions.  Anyway, I did a blind pour of the wines, which were numbered randomly and folks were asked several questions (red/white, dry/sweet, state, primary grape, region/appellation) with a first a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Alinore.  It looks like you have found the New Zealand wines sweet spot in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Since you are in the UK, and, if I am reading you correctly, are looking to expand your horizons, I am going to suggest that you look at French wines, which you should be able to find pretty easily.  If you wou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Brancott Estate Living Land Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Marlborough 2010

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    Wine review by nmasim


  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    Hyvä puolikuiva valkoviini Read More

    Wine review by nmasim


  • Villa Maria Chardonnay Hawkes Bay Private Bin Unoaked 2013

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Brancott Letter Series Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by nventure


  • Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc Henri Sancerre France 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • In New Zealand they use awnings over the grapes in several vineyards. Interesting to see.Greg, see my post above about rainwater sucked directly into the berries as opposed to up from the roots. My understanding is that the biggest issue is water absorbed into the berries. Water on the berries is a lot easier to deal with. Either way, split berr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Sophora Sparkling Cuvee NV

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    Wine review by lazet


  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    I am not very experienced in wine, but I have had several Sauvignon Blancs before and I did not like this one. I get excited each time I open a bottle of wine and this was a bit of a let down. I really should be $6 a bottle, because that's what it tastes like. Read More

    Wine review by WinePonce92


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