About the country New Zealand

New Zealand's wine industry is not big by international standards but it punches well above its weight in terms of quality. Viticulture officially got its start way back in 1819 when Samuel Marsden planted vines for sacramental purposes in Kerikeri. But the arrival of wine enthusiast James Busby in the Bay of Islands in 1833 marked the real start of winemaking in New Zealand. Busby had learned the craft in Bordeaux, and had written two books on grape growing and winemaking. Plants from his family’s vineyard in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, were used for the vineyard he planted at Waitangi in 1833. It wasn't until 1973 that the first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in Marlborough. And in the late 1980s, this prescient move was replicated with the planting of Pinot Noir in Central Otago; both are now home to world-class wines that spearhead NZ's profile in the cutthroat world of international wine marketing.

Recent industry figures show that Sauvignon Blanc still accounts for about 70% of New Zealand's wine production and 85% of all New Zealand wine exported. And interestingly, the seemingly hugely popular Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varieties actually account for only around 8% and 6% respectively. But happily, New Zealand's export statistics don't tell the whole story. Up and down the country, hardworking winegrowers are engaged in a sort of accelerated evolutionary process of discovery. They're discovering the best clones of the best varieties in the best vineyard sites in the country's best winegrowing regions. And that's to say nothing of the increasingly sophisticated approach taken by our leading winemakers. The result of all this hard work, experimentation and learning, is that there has never been so much good (and great) New Zealand wine to enjoy as there is right now.

×

9 search results found.

Black Bird Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2017 £10.50

Bursting with gooseberry, passion fruit, and grapefruit aromas, this Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp mou...

×

Black Bird Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2017 £10.50

Black Bird Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2019 £10.50

Bursting with gooseberry, passion fruit, and grapefruit aromas, this Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp mou...

×

Black Bird Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2019 £10.50

Mission Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 £13.50

Medium to full-bodied with good fruit intensity, a dark berry expression can be found showing blackc...

×

Mission Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 £13.50

Mission Estate Winery Chardonnay 2016 £13.50

Elegant and well structured, the front of the palate is full with soft mouth feel and fine flavours....

×

Mission Estate Winery Chardonnay 2016 £13.50

Mission Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2016 £13.50

The wine displays primary fruit characters typical with Pinot Gris, reminiscent of pear and apple. T...

×

Mission Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2016 £13.50

Mission Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016 £13.50

Crisp, fruity and dry with a ripe bouquet of tropical fruit, citrus, passion-fruit and gooseberry. E...

×

Mission Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016 £13.50

Mission Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018 £13.50

Crisp, fruity and dry with a ripe bouquet of tropical fruit, citrus, passion-fruit and gooseberry. E...

×

Mission Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018 £13.50

Misson Estate Winery Reisling Hawkes Bay 2015 £13.50

Estate Riesling is a single vineyard wine with aromas of fresh lemon and lime that carry through int...

×

Misson Estate Winery Reisling Hawkes Bay 2015 £13.50

Misson Estate Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 £16.50

This Central Otago Reserve Pinot Noir has a deep bright colour and a rich bouquet of cherries and da...

×

Misson Estate Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 £16.50