Zealand consists of relatively small islands
resulting in growing conditions that are
marine-influenced. Most of the vineyards lie
in coastal areas, warmed during the day by
clear sunlight and cooled at night by sea
breezes. It lies in latitudes that are
roughly equivalent to those of the great
wine growing regions of Europe, ranging from
those like some of the warmer areas of Spain
in the northern end of the country to that
similar to Germany in the south.
Although the New Zealand wine industry dates
back to 1819 it has evolved dramatically
during the past thirty to 40 years. There
are now about 700 wineries, each with a
burning passion to produce premium quality,
distinctive wines. The whites are noted for
their intensity of fruit and crisp acidity.
The cooler climate reds of the North Island,
especially the Bordeaux-styled blends and
the pinot noirs display a silky soft
finesse, in contrast to other New World
blockbuster reds. It is now considered by
many to be the world's finest producer of
sauvignon blanc and it is achieving
increasing international success with pinot
Even though export figures are showing
impressive growth, the New Zealand wine
industry remains a small player in world
terms, a position that it is happy to keep.
Quality is seen as being more important than
quantity in its attempt to carve out its own
niche in the world market.
Click on the links for information about the
predominant grape varieties, wine producing
regions, a list of wineries arranged by
region with their URL's, a listing of links
to New Zealand on-line wine shops, New
Zealand companies providing wine tours and
producers of cider, mead and fruit wines.
There is also a brief selection of New
Zealand wines statistics and an extensive
selection of annotated links to other New
Zealand wine information.
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updated 20 May 2017
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