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Wineries of New Zealand Complete Guide

New Zealand is a country that offers so much to its visitors. Beautiful scenery, rich culture, friendly faces, a bit of adventure and on top of all this – some world class wineries.

The country’s cool maritime climate, sheltered valleys and alluvial soils create conditions in which some classic varietals flourish. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Syrah all have a strong presence in New Zealand for which we’re known the world over.

As a result, New Zealand is increasingly becoming a destination for sommeliers, connoisseurs and everyday wine lovers to visit some fantastic wine regions and wineries.

This guide on wineries in New Zealand is written to help you discover and explore the very best of what we have to offer along with a few other tips to help you along the way.

  • Hawke's Bay

    Hawke's Bay

    On the east coast of the North Island, you’ll find one of sunniest spots in New Zealand and the oldest and second largest producing region of wine in the country. Missionaries in the mid-19th century were responsible for first identifying

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    On the east coast of the North Island, you’ll find one of sunniest spots in New Zealand and the oldest and second largest producing region of wine in the country.

    Missionaries in the mid-19th century were responsible for first identifying the potential for wine in the region, planting the first vines and it has never looked back since. Its climate, with long hot summers and cool winters is similar to Bordeaux which is partly why full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah have been so successful.

    There are now 70+ wineries in the region including Brookfields, Church Road, Craggy Range and more, most of which have tasting rooms and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

  • Marlborough

    Marlborough

    Easily the largest and undeniably the most renowned wine region in the country is Marlborough, a place that’ll no doubt be near the top of your list if you’re already a fan of NZ wines. Although wine in the region dates back to the 1870

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    Easily the largest and undeniably the most renowned wine region in the country is Marlborough, a place that’ll no doubt be near the top of your list if you’re already a fan of NZ wines.

    Although wine in the region dates back to the 1870s, it didn’t primarily take off until the 1970’s when Brancott Estate came to town with its huge vineyard. Huge success came in the 1980’s when Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc won 3 awards at the prestigious London International Wine Show and when other wineries like Cloudy Bay and Oyster Bay began exporting overseas, also to rave reviews, the region was off and away.

    Responsible for 75% of NZ’s annual wine production with 140+ wineries in the region, Marlborough is the must-visit spot for all wine-loving visitors to the country.

  • Central Otago

    Central Otago

    For fans of New Zealand Pinot Noir, and there is no shortage of those, the Central Otago wine region will be high on your list as a place to include on your winery itinerary. Many people know the Central Otago for its scenic untouched natur

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    For fans of New Zealand Pinot Noir, and there is no shortage of those, the Central Otago wine region will be high on your list as a place to include on your winery itinerary.

    Many people know the Central Otago for its scenic untouched natural surroundings and the amazing wine produced in the region make it a marriage made in heaven. It is a wine producing region that has the most southern location in the world and exists in its very own continental microclimate. The varietal of choice, as already mentioned, is Pinot Noir, but the region also produces some stunning Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    With the likes of Queenstown and Wanaka within its boundaries, it’s a very easy one to add to the holiday schedule.

Three other wine regions worthy of consideration are Auckland, Martinborough and Canterbury.

Best Wineries in New Zealand

There are over 500 wineries in New Zealand so unless you’re planning to stay for a few years doing nothing else but visiting wineries, it’s going to be hard to get around them all.

Whilst they’re all of an extremely high standard, we’ve highlighted some of our favourites from the regions featured above, and a few outside as well in case your adventures happen to take you elsewhere.

New Zealand Wineries with great restaurants

We’ve already covered a few wineries with fantastic restaurants but there are plenty more like the ones below which are all especially known for their fine cuisine.

New Zealand Wineries with spectacular views

Not only do our vineyards have great wine and food, they are often located in some of the most secluded and beautiful spots in the country. There’s nothing that adds more to the relaxing ambience than a great view to look at, so we’ve listed the ones we think have the most spectacular views going.

Wine and Food Tours with GO Play

If you’re interested in doing some Wine and/or Food Tours as well as your own independent visits, then that isn’t a problem when visiting New Zealand.

What’s even better is that GO Rentals are partners with a number of the best operators around which means our customers can enjoy discounts using their GO Play cards!

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