New Zealand Wine

New Zealand wine making started around the same time as it did in Australia. Often eclipsed by the shadow of its larger wine making neighbor, New Zealand is one country that makes a lot of great wine especially those of specific wine grape varieties.

While the Australians developed their wine making practice over the years, in New Zealand wine making activity did not take the center stage until the 1960's and 1970's, when during that period, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wine making fever swept throughout the potential wine making regions of the country.

Today, New Zealand is still in love with the Sauvignon Blanc and the world in turn with the New Zealand version of the wine. Some of the finest bottles of Sauvignon Blanc are of New Zealand origins.

New Zealand is additionally famous for other white wines some of German and others, of French origins. White wines of New Zealand an aspiring connoisseur is liable to encounter include the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muller Thurgau and Riesling varieties.

Famous red wines of New Zealand include the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir.

There are various wine making regions in New Zealand and each seems to have its own particular variety of wine grape which is made into wine with varied results.

The region of Malborough is world famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, not made so by the wine drinking public but by many wine critics who consider the region's Sauvignon Blanc of the best in the world.

The wine has attracted so much attention that LVMH, the Benjamin Arnault owned led luxury goods company and makers of such famous brands such as Moet et Chandon, Dom Perignon and Krug champagnes as well as Hennessey, acquired a stake in one of Marlborough's most prominent makers of Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine is made across the length of New Zealand from regions at the top down to the south of the country. Other than Malborough other regions of note include Hawkes Bay, Waiheke Island, Waipara, Central Otago, Wellington, Nelson, Northland, Auckland and Gisborne.

Other Wines of the World

French Wine
Spanish Wine
Australian Wine
Chilean Wine
South African Wine
Italian Wine
California Wine
Portuguese Wine
German Wine
Argentine Wine

Return from New Zealand wine to History of Wine Making
Return to Homemade Wine Making Guide Home Page.