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Wine Not: an ever growing list of NZ wines I've tried

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

I love a good wine. I especially love a good kiwi wine, and there are PLENTY to pick from!

I personally love a Pinot Gris - it's my drink of choice - however that doesn't stop me from trying what is on offer if I'm ever stopped in at a winery on my travels...


Gibbston Valley Wines

Location: Central Otago, NZ

Probably one of the most famous NZ wine ranges, best known for their Pinot Noir. You can stop in at their winery for a tour of their incredible wine cave and experience a tasting of their incredible range.

I personally loved their Pinot Gris and their Sparkling Rose - they were both light and crisp. I also loved the Pinto Noir - there's a reason it's award winning. It's just that good.

Where can you buy it: in New Zealand, pretty much anywhere and at any bottle shop. In Australia, it is sometimes stocked at Dan Murphy's or you can join the Gibbston Valley Wine Club and receive wine every quarter!

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The Gibbston Valley Wine Cave

Peregrine Wines

Location: Central Otago, NZ

Located on the same road as Gibbston, it's also worth stopping in. They have a range that incorporates Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sav Blanc, Rose, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sparkling - so there is something for everyone!

Where can you buy it: in New Zealand, same as above - pretty much anywhere. In Australia, you can purchase some of the range through Vintage Cellars!

Baby Doll Wines

Location: Marlborough, NZ

One of my favourite wine ranges! Their Rose is hands down my favourite Rose around, and their Pinot Gris and Sav Blanc are beautifully crisp.

Where can you buy it: in New Zealand, you can buy the full range through the Yealands Cellar Door. In Australia, Dan Murphy's stocks some of the range, or you can purchase the whole range through Our Cellar

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A glass of Baby Doll Sav Blanc at the Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook National Park

Crafters Union Wines

Location: Mixed - Pinot Gris (Hawkes Bay, NZ)

Hands down my favourite Pinot Gris - I've almost always got one in the cupboard. It's light, crisp, dry with a fruity flavour. Cannot recommend it enough!

Their wines comes from a mix of places - their Pinot Gris is from Hawkes Bay (NZ), their Sav Blanc is from the Marlborough Region (NZ), their Rose & Shiraz are both from McClaren Vale (Aus).

Where can you buy it: in New Zealand, you can buy the range at most bottle shops. In Australia, Dan Murphy's stocks most of the range.

Ta Ku Wines

Location: Marlborough, NZ

Their range consists of four wines: a Pink Sav Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sav Blanc & Pinot Gris. Their Pinto Gris has a gorgeous, light flavour with melon hints - and it goes beautifully with pork belly!

Where can you buy it: in New Zealand, you can buy the range through most bottle shops. In Australia, Jim Murphy's (yes, Jim not Dan... apparently there are multiple Murphy's!) stocks the range.

Yealands Wines

Location: Marlborough & Hawkes Bay, NZ

Again with a wide range of wines from different years, my favourite is the Pinto Gris - possibly my second favourite Pinot Gris. It's got a full body and a beautiful flavour. Would definitely recommend!