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New Zealand

discover New Zealand

Natural winemaking, serious wines

The vineyards of New Zealand lie in between the 35º and 45º latitudes, the European equivalent of between Bordeaux and Southern Spain.

However the cold, strong prevailing westerly winds from the Pacific make for a cooler overall climate than the figures suggest. Growing vines on the margins can have some spectacular results, notably Rieslings in the Mosel and Chardonnay in Chablis. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1980s that large-scale plantings of quality varieties got underway. The whole nation's cultural attitudes changed - Müller-Thurgau was replaced by Sauvignon and was planted on the dry gravely riverbeds of Martinborough and Marlborough. Throughout the 1990s, Pinot Noir vineyards sprouted in all parts of both the North and South islands, from Auckland to Central Otago.

New Zealand Wine List

New Zealand Producers

From Dry River to Felton Road we have gathered a small but perfectly formed portfolio of NZ producers that are a perfect representation of the country’s approach to winemaking and all at excellent value for money.

Portfolio Producers

Other Producers

Appellations of New Zealand

Fans of Kiwi wines will already know that the region is largely about the fine balance between omnipresent Sauvignon and Pinots of all levels. To upgrade in quality you need to explore a bit, but the appellations of Martinborough, Marlborough and Central Otago have lots to discover.

Grape Varieties of New Zealand

Most well-known for its quintessentially Kiwi approach to Sauvignon and fantastic selection of other white grapes (Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling too) New Zealand also produces excellent quality reds in the form of stunning cool-climate Pinot Noir.