New Zealand, though a late comer in wine industry, has more than compensated its lack of experience with quality. Colonial restrictions and world war woes held New Zealand back from starting its own wine industry. But once it set foot in the world wine market there was no looking back.Known for their purity, New Zealand wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir have fans and admirers all over the world. Lets’ explore some of the best New Zealand’s wineries.




New Zealand Wine and Wineries By Region

New Zealand has been blessed with a climate (maritime climate) that makes it perfect for growing the finest quality of grapes for wine production. Along with human effort, some of the regions that have become premium wine producers are:


  • Marlborough: It has earned its place as first in list because of its pioneering contribution to the New Zealand’s wine industry. It brought New Zealand on the world wine map through the production of Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine variety that is known for its crispiness and freshness. Some of the well-known wineries of this region are Cloudy Bay, Yealands Estate Winery, and Spy Valley Wines.
  • Hawke’s Bay: One of the oldest wine producing regions in New Zealand, is known for producing high quality red wine varieties like Pinot Noir and Syrah. Established wineries in this region are Brookfields Estate, Esk Valley, and Te Mata Estate.
  • Gisborne: Traditionally claimed to be the first land to receive sun’s ray on a new day, Gisborne is also the third largest wine producing region in New Zealand. It mainly produces Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
  • Nelson: Home to Neudorf Vineyards, which won the “Winery of the year” award in 2012, Nelson has around 25 wineries. A small city, Nelson produces a variety of world class wines.
  • Canterbury: Mostly famous for the production of Pinot Noir wines, Canterbury houses wineries like Black Estate, Waipara Springs, and Greystone Wines. Many wineries of this region have won awards for “Best Pinot Noir” at different competitions.
  • Central Otago:Some of the highest vineyards in New Zealand are found in this region. Mainly known for producing Pinot Noir, this region is also the producer of Chardonnay and Riesling. Some of the famous wineries of this area are Felton Road Winery, Rippon, and Mt Difficulty.
  • Auckland: One of the largest wine producing regions in New Zealand with around 100 wineries. This region produces both red and white wine. Its specialities are Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Apart from the above regions, wine is also produced in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Martinborough, and Waikato.



New Zealand wines are exported all over the world making it one of the most valuable exports of the country. Production wise, some of the top New Zealand wines are:


  1. Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Chardonnay
  3. Pinot Noir
  4. Merlot
  5. Riesling


These wines have acquired a reputation of being pure and intense. Because of the high quality standards of New Zealand wines and wineries, they have not only earned many awards but are also among the top 20 “most admired” wines of the world. 


By:Chris Hartland