A wine lover's guide to New Zealand
Over the past 30 years, New Zealand has been earning its place as a tastemaker in the wine world, especially when it comes to its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varietals. In fact, the country is so passionate about wine that even their national carrier, Air New Zealand (the single largest server of wines in New Zealand), has its own wine store where you can indulge your passion for New Zealand wines from their expertly curated selection. And with over 10 wine-producing regions that span a range of climate and soil types, there is plenty to choose from.
Brancott Estate, Marlborough
Famous for creating the region’s first-ever Sauvignon Blanc in the 1970s, Brancott Estate was selected from more than 1100 competitors to win the prestigious Marquis de Goulaine trophy at the 21st International Wine & Spirit Competition. Their range of Sauvignon Blanc wines now includes sparkling, organic, oak-influenced, naturally low-alcohol, age-worthy and late-harvest wines.
Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in New Zealand. Over the last 40 years, Te Mata Estate has established an internationally-recognised array of red and white wines and is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine producers, making nearly 40,000 cases a year of premium wine and exporting to over 42 countries.
Peregrine, Central Otago
Since 1998, Peregrine has been an artisan wine producer, bringing handcrafted care to their range of wines. Now one of New Zealand's most highly regarded producers, they focus on Pinot Noir and also offer an array of aromatic white wines including Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Methode Traditionelle.
Mudbrick, Waiheke Island
Mudbrick exudes a special type of ambience. Situated on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf, it is renowned for its breathtaking location. The first plantings at Mudbrick were in 1992 by Nick and Robyn Jones, who still own and operate the property today. The fruit is handpicked from their two Waiheke vineyards and is nurtured from vine to bottle. Their wines are carefully selected from classic French varieties that particularly suit the Waiheke climate and terroir.
Neudorf Vineyards, Nelson
Neudorf Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery offering a very ‘Kiwi’ take on classic European wine varieties. The Neudorf wine range combines the principles of dry farming, wild fermentation, minimal (if any) fining and vegan friendly practises to the majority of their wines, which includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rosé and Pinot Noir. Neudorf is also part of the respected Family of Twelve, a collective of twelve family-owned Kiwi wineries who work together in defining and marketing New Zealand’s place in the world of fine wine.
About Gracie Stewart
A born and bred Kiwi, Gracie Stewart has spent the last six years living over three continents and writing for publications such as Vogue India, Vogue Arabia, OliviaPalermo.com, Emirates Woman and Style.com. When she's not busy writing about 101 ways to banish spots and get glowing, Gracie loves travelling or researching new places to visit. She is also particularly passionate about saving our oceans and spends half her life underwater.