Wines of New Zealand

Nasa NZ sunlight

Here is a lovely Nasa picture of central New Zealand from orbit. Doesn’t it look nice? You can’t quite see my house, but it is down there. Near the squiggly bit in the middle…

You can’t see the 700 wineries and vineyards that produce the vinous goods here in Godzone either. Not that you’d know that there were 700 producers in NZ (circa 2013) from the contents of my blog. I seem to only drink and write about the efforts of as little as 30-odd winemakers. But from necessity I buy from supermarkets, and that’s where the Big Beasts roam. And thusly there tends to be reduced diversity. So I tend to drink the same old stuff. It’s just the vintage year that changes on the labels. I do buy other stuff, but those bottles tend to be put to sleep in the Pool Room, and you will have to hang about a bit, Dear Reader, before you will get to read about them….

I want to expand my repertoire. I’ll need to commit more resources to the challenge, as smaller wineries tend to deliver wines in the $20-30 range and above, but here goes:

Here is the list I am working from. The names in bold are those producers I have already drunk and/or blogged on. Maybe I’m not doing too badly…

36 bottles, Central Otago; 3 Stones, Marlborough; 8 Ranges Wines, Central Otago; Abbey Cellars, Hawke’s Bay; Akaroa Winery, Canterbury / Waipara Valle ; Akarua, Central Otago; Alexandra Wine Company, Central Otago; Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Marlborough; ALLUVIALE, Hawke’s Bay; Alpha Domus, Hawke’s Bay; Amisfield, Central Otago; Anchorage Family Estate, Nelson; Anthem Wines, Central Otago; Antills, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Antmoore Wineworks, Marlborough; Aorangi Road, Hawke’s Bay; Ara Wines, Marlborough; Archangel, Central Otago; Archer McRae, Wairarapa; Archer McRae Beverages Ltd; Archer McRae Beverages Ltd; Aronui Wines, Nelson; Artisan Wines Ltd, Auckland; Ascension Wine Estate, Auckland; Ash Ridge Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Ashwell Vineyards, Wairarapa; Ashwood Estate, Gisborne; Askerne Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Astrolabe Wines, Marlborough; Ata Mara, Central Otago; Ata Rangi, Wairarapa; Auburn Wines, Central Otago; Auntsfield Estate, Marlborough; Aurora Wines, Central Otago; Aurum Wines, Central Otago; Awanui Wines, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Central Otago; Awatere River by Louis Vavasour; Awatere River Wine Company, Marlborough

Babich Wines, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; BALD HILLS, Central Otago; Ballochdale Estate, Marlborough; Bannock Brae, Central Otago; Barker’s Marque Wine, Marlborough; Barrel Fence Cellars, Central Otago; Bascand Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough; Bel Echo by Clos Henri, Marlborough; Bellbird Spring, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Bell Hill, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Big Sky Wines, Wairarapa; Bilancia, Hawke’s Bay; Birdlands Wine Company; Bishops Head, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Black Barn Vineyards, Hawke’s Bay; Blackenbrook Vineyard, Nelson; Black Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Blackhouse Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Black Quail Estate, Central Otago; Bladen Wines, Marlborough; Blind River Estate, Marlborough; Bouldevines, Marlborough; Boundary Rider Wines, Marlborough; Brackens Order, Central Otago; Braided River, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Brancott Estate, Marlborough, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay; Brennan Wines, Central Otago; Brick Bay Wines, Auckland; Bridge Estate Vineyard, Gisborne; Bridge Pa Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay; BRIGHTSIDE, Nelson; Brightwater Gravels, Nelson; BRIGHTWATER VINEYARDS, Nelson; Brodie Estate, Wairarapa; Brunton Road Wines, Gisborne; Burn Cottage Vineyard, Central Otago; Bushmere Estate, Gisborne

Cable Bay Vineyards, Auckland, Marlborough, Central Otago; Cairnbrae, Hawke’s Bay; Cape Campbell Wines, Marlborough; CARRICK, Central Otago; Catalina Sounds, Marlborough; Cazan Wine; Ceres Wines, Central Otago; Chard Farm, Central Otago; CHARTERIS WINES, Central Otago; Churton, Marlborough; Cirro Wines, Marlborough; Clark Estate, Marlborough; Clearview Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Clifford Bay, Marlborough; Clos Henri, Marlborough; Clos Marguerite, Marlborough; Clos St William Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Marlborough; Coal Pit Wine, Central Otago; Cobblestone Vineyards, Wairarapa; Collaboration Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Constellation Brands, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Contour Estate Vineyards Limited, Auckland; Coopers Creek Vineyard, Auckland, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Central Otago; Crab Farm Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Cracroft Chase Vineyard, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Craggy Range, Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Wairarapa; Crighton Estate, Marlborough; Crossroads Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Crush Pad Wines, Hawke’s Bay

Dancing Water, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Dashwood, Marlborough; Decibel Wines, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa; Delegat, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Destiny Bay, Auckland; Diamond Ridge, Hawke’s Bay; Distant Land, Auckland; Dog Point Vineyards, Marlborough; Dolbel Estate Wines Ltd., Hawke’s Bay; Domaine Rewa, Central Otago; DOMAIN ROAD VINEYARD, Central Otago; Drumsara Pinot, Central Otago; Drylands Wines, Marlborough; Dry River Wines, Wairarapa; Dunnolly Estate Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Durvillea Wines, Marlborough

Echolands Estate, Waikato ; Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay; Ellero, Central Otago; Eradus Wines, Marlborough; Escarpment, Wairarapa; Esk Valley Estate, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Eureka Wines, Marlborough; Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir, Central Otago

Fairbourne Estate Ltd, Marlborough; Fairhall Downs Estate Wines, Marlborough; Fancrest Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; FELTON ROAD, Central Otago; Forrest Wines, Marlborough; Four Hawk Day Wines, Marlborough; Foxes Island, Marlborough; Framingham Wines, Marlborough; Freeland Wines, Central Otago; French Peak Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Frizzell Wines Ltd, Hawke’s Bay; Fromm Winery, Marlborough; Front Row, Canterbury / Waipara Valley

Gate 20 Two, Central Otago; Gem, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Marlborough, Wairarapa; Georges Michel Wine Estate, Marlborough; Georges Road, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Georgetown Vineyard, Central Otago; Gibbston Highgate Estate, Central Otago; Gibbston Valley Wines, Central Otago; Giesen Wines, Marlborough, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Gisborne; Gisborne Garagiste Wine Company, Gisborne; Gladstone Vineyard, Wairarapa

Glazebrook, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Gisborne ; Goldie Wines, Auckland; Goldwater, Marlborough; Grasshopper Rock, Central Otago; Greenstone Point, Marlborough; Greylands Ridge Vineyard Ltd, Central Otago; Grey’s, Nelson; Greystone Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Greywacke, Marlborough; Groco Ltd, Gisborne; Grove Mill Winery, Marlborough; Gunn Estat;

Haha Wine, Hawke’s Bay; Hans Herzog Estate, Marlborough; Harakeke Farm, Nelson; Harvest Estate, Marlborough, Wairarapa; Hawkdun Rise Vineyard Accommodation, Central Otago; Hawkesbridge Wines, Marlborough; Hawkes Ridge Wine Estate, Hawke’s Bay; Hawksdrift Wine, Marlborough; Hawkshead Vineyard, Central Otago; Haythornthwaite Wines, Wairarapa; Heron’s Flight, Auckland; Highfield, Marlborough; Hihi Wines, Gisborne; Hilok, Central Otago; Homer Wines, Marlborough; Hopes Grove, Hawke’s Bay; House of Ball, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Huia Vineyards, Marlborough; Huntaway Reserve, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Central Otago; Hunter’s Wines, Marlborough; Hyperion Wines, Auckland

Invivo Wines, Marlborough, Central Otago; Isabel Vineyard, Marlborough

Jacks Canyon, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Jackson Estate, Marlborough; Johanneshof Cellars, Marlborough; Johner Estate, Wairarapa; Judge Rock Pinot Wines, Central Otago ; ules Taylor Wines, Marlborough

Kahurangi Estate, Nelson; Kaimira Estate, Nelson; Kalex Wines, Central Otago; Karikari Estate, Northland; Kennedy Point, Auckland; Kerner Estate Wines, Marlborough; Kerr Farm Wine, Auckland; Kim Crawford, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Central Otago; Kina Beach Vineyard, Nelson; Kina Cliffs, Nelson; Kingsmill Wines Limited, Central Otago; Kirkpatrick Estate Winery, Gisborne; Konrad, Marlborough; Kowhai Point, Auckland, Marlborough; Kumeu River, Auckland; Kurow Village

La Fong Wines Ltd, Auckland; Lake Chalice Wines, Marlborough; Lake Road Wines, Gisborne; Lamont Wines, Central Otago; Lawson’s Dry Hills Winery, Marlborough; Leaning Rock Vineyard, Central Otago; Liberty Wine; Lime Gully, Wairarapa; Lime Rock Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Lincoln, Auckland; Lindauer, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay; LINDEN ESTATE WINERY, Hawke’s Bay; Lismore Wines NZ Ltd, Marlborough, Central Otago, Nelson, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Hawke’s Bay; Little Black Stone, Marlborough; Lobster Reef Wines, Marlborough; Locharburn Estate and Wines, Central Otago; Lochar Estate, Central Otago; Lochiel Estate Vineyard and Winery, Northland; Longbush Wines, Gisborne; Loopline Vineyard, Wairarapa; Loveblock, Marlborough, Central Otago; Lowburn Ferry, Central Otago; Lumique Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley

Mahi, Marlborough; Mahurangi River Winery & Restaurant, Auckland; Maimai, Hawke’s Bay; Main Divide Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough; Man O’ War Vineyards, Auckland; Maori Point Vineyard, Central Otago; Map Maker Wines, Marlborough; Marble Point, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Margrain Vineyard, Wairarapa; Marisco Vineyards, Marlborough; MARK RATTRAY, Hawke’s Bay; Marlborough Single Vineyards Ltd., Marlborough; Marlborough Vines, Marlborough, Gisborne; Marlborough Vineyards Ltd, Marlborough; Martinborough Vineyard, Wairarapa; Matahiwi Estate, Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay; Matariki Wine;Matavino, Auckland; Matawhero Wines, Gisborne; Matua Wines, Auckland, Marlborough; MAUDE WINES, Central Otago; Maven Wines, Marlborough; Mazurans Vineyards, Auckland, Marlborough, Gisborne, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; McNaught & Walker, Marlborough; Melton Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Messenger, Auckland; MIDDLE-EARTH™ Vineyards, Nelson; Milcrest Estate, Nelson; Mills Reef Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Millton Vineyards & Winery, Gisborne; MISHA’S VINEYARD, Central Otago; MISHA’S VINEYAR; Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Mister Righ; Misty Cove New Zealand, Marlborough, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Central Otago; Moana Park Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Mohua Wines, Marlborough; MOMO Wines, Marlborough; Mondillo, Central Otago; Monkey Bay, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay; Monowai Estate Limited, Hawke’s Bay; Morton Estate Wines, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Mountain Breeze, Hawke’s Bay; Mount Brown, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Mount Edward, Central Otago; Mount Fishtail, Marlborough; Mountford Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Mount Michael Wines, Central Otago; Mount Riley Wines, Marlborough; Moutere Hills Vineyard, Nelson; Mt Beautiful wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Mt Difficulty Wines, Central Otago; Mt Rosa, Central Otago, Central Otago; Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, Auckland; Muddy Water Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Mud House, Marlborough, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Central Otago; Muirlea Rise, Wairarapa; Murdoch James Estate, Wairarapa;

Naked Vine Wines Ltd, Marlborough; Nautilus Estate of Marlborough, Marlborough; Neudorf Vineyards, Nelson; Nevis Bluff Wines, Central Otago; New Zealand Wine Portfolio, Hawke’s Bay; Ngatarawa Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Nga Waka, Wairarapa; No1 Family Estate, Marlborough; Nobilo, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay; Northburn Station, Central Otago

Obsidian Vineyard, Auckland; O’Dwyers Creek Vineyard, Marlborough; Odyssey Wines, Gisborne, Marlborough ; hau Wine; Ohinemuri Estate, Waikato; Ohui Vineyard, Waikato; Okahu Estate, Northland; Omaka Springs Estates, Marlborough; Opawa Wines, Marlborough; Opihi Vineyard Ltd, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Organic Wine – Turanga Creek, Auckland; Orinoco Vineyards, Nelson; Osawa Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Ostle; O:TU & Co, Marlborough; Oyster Bay New Zealand

Palliser Estate Wines of Martinborough Ltd, Wairarapa; Pania of New Zealan; Paper Road, Wairarapa; Paritua Vineyards and Winery Ltd., Hawke’s Bay; Pask Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Pasqual; Passage Rock Wines, Auckland; Peacock Sky Vineyard, Auckland; Pear Tree Wines, Marlborough; Pegasus Bay Wine, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Pencarrow, Wairarapa; Peregrine Wines, Central Otago; Perseverance Estate Limited, Central Otago; Petit Clos by Clos Henri, Marlborough; pheasant cree; PISA RANGE ESTATE, Central Otago; Pohangina Valley Estate, Wairarapa; Point Bush Estates, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Ponder Wines, Marlborough; Poverty Bay Wine Estate Ltd, Gisborne; Poverty Bay Wine Estates Bridge Estate vineyar; Prophet’s Rock, Central Otago; Pukeora Estate, Hawke’s Bay; Puriri Hills, Auckland; Pyramid Valley Vineyards, Canterbury / Waipara Valley

Quartz Reef, Central Otago; Quest Farm, Central Otago; Q WINE

Ransom Wines, Auckland; Ra Nui Wines, Marlborough; Rapaura Springs, Marlborough; Red Leaf Winery, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Redmetal Vineyards, Hawke’s Bay; Renato Estate, Nelson; Richmond Plains, Nelson; Rimu Grove, Nelson; Rippon, Central Otago; Riverby Estate, Marlborough ; iverside Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Riwaka River Estate, Nelson; Rochfort Rees Wine Company Limited, Auckland, Bay of Plenty; Rockburn Wines Ltd, Central Otago; Rock Ferry Wines, Central Otago, Marlborough; Rocky Poin; Rod McDonald Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Rongopai Wines, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Ruby Bay Vineyard, Nelson; Runner Duck Estate Ltd, Auckland

Sacred Hill, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Sailfish Cove Wines, Northland; Saint Clair Family Estate, Marlborough; Salvare Estate, Hawke’s Bay; Sandihurst Winery, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough, Central Otago; Schist Hills, Central Otago; Schubert Wines, Wairarapa; Sea Level, Nelson; Seifried Estate, Nelson; Selaks, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay; Seresin Estate, Marlborough; Shaky Bridge Wines, Central Otago; Sherwood Estate Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough; SHIPWRECK BAY WINES, Northland; Sileni Estates, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; Silver Wing Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Small and Small, Marlborough; Soderberg Wines Ltd, Marlborough; SOHO WINE CO, Auckland, Marlborough, Central Otago; Soljans Estate Winery, Auckland; Southbank Estate, Marlborough; Southdown Estate, Wairarapa; Southern Boundary Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough; Spade Oak, Gisborne; SPENCER HILL ESTATE, Nelson; Splendiferous, Marlborough; Sprig, Marlborough; Spring Creek Estate, Marlborough; Spy Valley Wines, Marlborough; Squawking Magpie Wines, Hawke’s Bay; Staete Landt Vineyard, Marlborough; Stanley Estates Ltd, Marlborough; Steve Bird, Marlborough; Stonecroft, Hawke’s Bay ; Stonyridge Vineyard, Auckland; Summerhouse Wine Co., Marlborough; Supper Club Wines, Marlborough, Central Otago; Surveyor Thomson Wines, Central Otago

Takamatua Valley Vineyards, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Takatu Vineyard, Auckland; Tarras Vineyards, Central Otago, Marlborough; Te Awa Winery, Hawke’s Bay; Te Kairanga, Wairarapa; Te Mania, Nelson; Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay; Ten Sisters, Marlborough; Terrace Edge, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Terrace Heights Estate, Marlborough; Terra Sancta, Central Otago; TerraVin, Marlborough; Te Whare Ra (TWR), Marlborough; Te Whau Vineyard, Auckland; The Crossings, Marlborough; The Darling Wines, Marlborough; The Delta Wine Company, Marlborough; The Elder Pinot, Wairarapa; The Hay Paddock, Auckland; The Landing, Northland; The Natural Wine Company, Gisborne; The Sounds Wines, Marlborough; The Supernatural, Hawke’s Bay; The Tablelands Wine Company, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Marlborough; Thornbury, Auckland; Thousand Voices, Canterbury / Waipara Valley ; Three Peakes Wine, Central Otago; Tiki Wine & Vineyards, Marlborough; Tinpot Hut, Marlborough; Ti Point, Hawke’s Bay; Tironui Estate, Hawke’s Bay; TK Vintners & Bottlers Ltd, Waikato; Tohu, Marlborough, Gisborne; Toi Toi Wines, Central Otago, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay; Tongue in Groove Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Torlesse Wines Limited, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; TOSQ Wines Ltd, Central Otago; Totara Wines, Marlborough; Tresillian, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Trinity Hill, Hawke’s Bay; True & Daring, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Nelson; Tukipo River Estate, Hawke’s Bay; Tuki Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay; Tupari, Marlborough; Twin Islands Wine, Marlborough; Two Paddocks, Central Otago; Two Rivers of Marlborough, Marlborough; Two Tracks

Unison Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay; Urlar, Wairarapa

Valli Vineyards, Central Otago; Vavasour, Marlborough; Vela Wines, Central Otago; Vicarage Lane Wines, Marlborough; Vidal Estate, Hawke’s Bay; View east Vineyard, Auckland; Villa Maria Estate, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough; VINDICO NÉGOCIANTS LIMITED, Hawke’s Bay; Vinoptima Estate, Gisborne; Vista, Nelson; Volcanic Hills Winery, Bay of Plenty; Voss Estate Vineyard, Wairarapa; Vynfields, Wairarapa

Waimarie Wines, Auckland; Waimea Estates, Nelson; Waipara Downs, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Waipara Hills, Canterbury / Waipara Valley, Marlborough, Central Otago; Waipara River Estate, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Waipara Springs, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Waipara West, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; Wairau River, Marlborough; Waitapu Estate Vineyar; Waitiri Creek, Central Otago; Walnut Block Wines, Marlborough; Waterfalls Road Wine, Marlborough; Weaver Estate Wines, Central Otago; Weka River Wines, Canterbury / Waipara Valley; West Brook Winery, Auckland; White Cliff, Hawke’s Bay; Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd, Marlborough; Wild Earth Wines, Central Otago; Wild South, Hawke’s Bay; William Murdoch, Hawke’s Bay; Wine Marlborough, Marlborough; Wither Hills, Marlborough; Wooing Tree, Central Otago; Woollaston Estates, Nelson; Wrights Vineyard & Winery, Gisborne; Wycroft, Wairarapa

Yealands Family Wines, Marlborough

Cheers, Big Ears!


  1. That is a huge list, isn’t it? And as you said, you’re doing pretty good 🙂 I really like Mt Beautiful Wines – I only discovered them recently. Another producer I would recommend is Michelle Richardson. She used to be the head winemaker of Villa Maria and then decided to work on her own wine. She is a yeast-geek and works with wild yeast a lot.

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