New Zealand wine is either unfairly overshadowed by its neighbor Australia, or lumped with it to create the Australasia market, which does nothing to further either country’s burgeoning wine industries. While New Zealand’s wine industry is a little more than a tenth the size of Australia, it deserves to be recognized as a producer of quality wines. The United Kingdom understands this well. After New Zealand, they are the biggest consumers of New Zealand wines. It even commands a higher price than its Australian counterparts in the U.K.
Wines to look out for include Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, but the real expertise of the Australian vineyards comes through in their Pinot Noirs which are world-class.
As the New Zealand wine industry continues to grow and mature, fewer people will resist the temptation to lump New Zealand in with Australia. That’s a well deserved development, as the country’s wines certainly stand well on their own.