Primarily we produce wines in New Zealand that are a reflection of the varietial character and for the most part are one variety dominant, for example Chardonnay. Within a variety there can be a huge range of variation on aromas and flavours created by the different regions, soil types and climates. Sauvignon Blanc can vary from the crisp green herbal though to the more mouth filling richer flavours of pineapple and passionfruit with huge range in between. To learn more about the different grapes and the wines they make, have a read through our articles below.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    First commercially planted in New Zealand in the early 1970's by Ross and Bill Spence of Matua Valley Wines, Sauvignon Blanc has been a runaway success for the New Zealand wine industry.  see more

  • Pinot Noir

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Pinot Noir, the most fickle of grapes, is the second most planted grape in New Zealand. This grape variety, originally from France, is the red grape of Burgundy and is one of the main components of Champagne.  see more

  • Chardonnay

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    For those who are ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) Club, it’s time you re-looked at this incredibly versatile grape variety and the extraordinary wines produced from it.   see more

  • Sparkling Wine

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Sparkling wines are made throughout the world and the most famous are from the region in France known as Champagne.  see more

  • Pinot Gris

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Aromatic wines are white wines where the flavour and aromas of the wine is that of the grape.   see more

  • Single Varietal Reds and Blends

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are classic components of Bordeaux wines, a style of wine that the French have been refining for 500 years. These two principle varieties have been transplanted all around the world.  see more

  • Aromatic and sweet wines

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Aromatic wines are white wines where the flavour and aromas of the wine is that of the grape and include Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.   see more

  • Shiraz and Syrah

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    A very old grape variety whose origins date back to Persia (now part of Iran) and is believed to have been in existence for at least 14,000 years.  see more

  • Rose

    Rosé

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    In the last few years we have seen a huge increase in the number and quality of Rosé.  see more

  • Emerging grape varietals

    By Jim Harre, Chair of Judges, New World Wine Awards

    Winegrowers are keen to experiment and try new products. With wine that often means introducing new grape varieties which have been successful overseas.   see more