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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

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

  • Twilight Vineyards

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

  • Coopers Creek

    “One of the most complete and interesting visit and tastings I made while in New Zealand was to t...

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • Putiki Bay Vineyard

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

  • Mount Cass

    Mount Cass is a family owned boutique vineyard producing outstanding handcrafted wines in the hea...

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  • Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Block 5 2007

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    Wine review by Sanchee1


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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  • Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago 2012

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    Floral and earthy nose with licorice violets and rich syrupy cherries. More herbal notes in the mouth, basil and sage, with delicious ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit blossoming towards the finish blending with tart cranberry, blueberry and a creamy oaky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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  • Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc Wax Eye Vineyard 2014

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  • I wouldn't try to recommend wines at all given the scant information we ... up to Barolo; if it's New Zealand Pinot Noir at $15-25 that hits your pleasure buttons, then venture up to some Premier Cru or lieu-dits Burgundy or Russian River SVD Pinot. Come back and share your findings, pleas Read More

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  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and South America."Wow, let's go with the more obscure and exotic SBs, eh Mark? And can we be more California-centric??  ;-)Sauvignon Blanc started from France. The Loire River Valley and the Graves and surrounding portions of Bordeaux. Those are gen... Read More

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  • For the novice, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand works for white wine, and a Malbec from Chili works for red wine.  Both can be easily found for under $20 USD. Read More

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