The Wine regions of New Zealand extend 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland, (36° S) to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago (47° S).

New Zealand’s wine regions extend 1,600km (1,000 miles) from subtropical Northland down to Central Otago, home to the world’s most southerly vineyards. Our vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of our maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 130km, or 80 miles, from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes.

Most of our wine regions are found on the eastern coastlines of the North and South Islands, in the rain shadow of the mountains, each with its own unique soils and climatic conditions. Within these diverse regions, subregional characteristics shine through and wines are distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a subregion and a place.

We hope you enjoy discovering our regions and producers.

NZ Wine, Wine Regions, Map

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Wine Regions of The North Island:

Northland | Auckland | Matakana | Waiheke Island | Waikato-Bay of Plenty | Central North Island
Gisborne | Hawkes Bay | Wairarapa

Wine Regions of The South Island:

Nelson | Marlborough | North Canterbury | Waitaki Valley | Central Otago

Number of Wineries: 739 (2023)

NZ Wineries by Category

Category 1 : Small Wineries – grape wine sales not exceeding 200,000 litres: 646
Category 2 : Medium Wineries – grape wine sales between 200,000 to 4 million litres: 75
Category 3 : Large Wineries – grape wine sales more than 4 million litres: 18

Number of Wineries by Region

Northland: 17 | Auckland: 93 | Waikato/Bay of Plenty: 6 | Gisborne: 37 | Hawke’s Bay: 106 | Wairarapa: 69 | Nelson: 35 | Marlborough: 163 | North Canterbury: 64 | Central Otago: 143 | Waitaki: 3 | Other Areas: 3

Number of Wine Growers: 681

Producing Area: 41,860 Hectares

Grapes Crushed: 501,000 Tonnes

Total Production: 360.7 Million litres

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(Data Source: New Zealand Wine Growers Annual Report 2023)

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