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.

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.

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