NZ Wine Publications and Media

Links to NZ wine related magazines both web based and hard copy publications – also lists a selection of books on New Zealand wine.

I have a huge Library of over 100 NZ wine Books now dating from 1958 through to the present day – far too many to list here.

Newly Published

The World of Wine magazine
In partnership with Cameron Douglas MS, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier, World of Wine is a unique resource for both consumers and professionals. Written in Douglas’ own distinctive style, World of Wine brings you the latest in wine trends, regional discoveries, food and wine pairings and varietal highlights. With news of exciting innovations within the industry, exclusive features on some of the industry’s trailblazers and access behind some of New Zealand’s best cellar doors, in addition to Douglas’ personal tasting notes. World of Wine is the ultimate resource for wine lovers, both at work and at home.

The Vineyards of Central Otago / Viv Milsom, Mike Wilkinson
The Vineyards of Central Otago tells the enchanting tale of the people who risked it all to capture the Pinot dream: the vineyard developers and owners, the viticulturists and winemakers. From diverse countries and backgrounds, they have all shared a passion for Central Otago and a belief in its one-of-a-kind wine-growing potential. Full of colour and character, and celebrating the very best of Kiwi endeavour, The Vineyards of Central Otago is a visually stunning showcase, and a must-have for anyone who’s ever fallen under the Pinot spell.
Hardback. 272 pages RRP $55.00

Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021
Designed to help the buyer to make informed choices about the best quality wines available, this title is firmly established as the most authoritative and sought-after guide to New Zealand wines. Updated yearly with new tasting notes and ratings, this is a ‘must-have’ publication for the new initiate and the established wine-buff alike. Divided by grape variety to help selection, this comprehensive guide includes vintage ratings, star ratings for quality, and a dryness/sweetness guide. Other features include Classic Wines: wines that consistently achieve an outstanding level of quality for at least three vintages. We have now had over 25 years of Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide.

Red & White by Oz Clark
With Red & White, Oz Clarke has reinvented wine writing. This is a book to read for pleasure, rather than merely refer to. Combining fast-paced witty memoir with passionately opinionated guide, Oz pops the cork on his life-long love affair with wine. The best loved wine communicator of our time, Oz Clarke is the guest you want at your table, the person to select the wine, and the ideal drinking companion. He explains how, why & where he fell in love with wine; he explains the essentials of how wine is grown and made today; then takes you into the world’s wine regions and introduces you to the wines he loves. Oz reveals how he tastes wine and how you can enjoy wine whatever the budget. He covers with equal care & attention all categories of wine, from the blue-chip to the most affordable.

The Wines of New Zealand by Rebecca Gibb MW
This new book uncovers the diversity of this isolated yet innovative wine-producing country. From the planting of the first vines in 1819, the latest addition to the Classic Wine Library series recounts the history and struggles of the early winemakers and its rise to fame as a Sauvignon Blanc superstar.

This comprehensive yet approachable guide to the current New Zealand wine scene will leave readers with an in-depth knowledge of the country’s unique geography and climate, the science behind New Zealand’s most popular grape varieties, viticulture and the evolution of wine style, its wine-producing regions and their winemakers plus challenges and opportunities for the future. The Wines of New Zealand is an indispensable reference from the wine novice to the trade professional.

100 Great New Zealand Wineries
Douglas Renall’s new book features many of the best vineyards in the country. All New Zealand’s main wine-making regions are described, with wineries chosen not only for the quality of the wine produced, but also for their history, cellar-door atmosphere, awards won and the impact the winery has had at home and abroad.
Paperback, 408 pages Full colour photographs throughout October 10 2017 Width: 250mm, Height: 224mm David Bateman Ltd NZ

Waiheke Island – A World of Wine
Waiheke Island is an internationally acclaimed destination producing world-class wine – but it didn’t start off that way. Meet the enterprising, determined and inspiring collective who planted vineyards and transformed this special place into an award-winning island of outstanding wines. Who are they? Where did they come from? Turn the pages. Pour a glass of wine. Celebrate their endeavours. Portraits by New Zealand’s esteemed photographer Marti Friedlander (b. 1928, d. 2016).

Marlborough Man
A quintessentially Kiwi story of an accidental wine-industry trailblazer.
Author/Contributors: Scott, Allan, 1947- author.; Arnold, Eric, 1975- author.
Identifier: ISBN 9781775540571

New Zealand Wine: The Land, the Vines, the People
Warren Moran
November 2016, 262 x 217 mm, 384 pages, colour illustrations and maps, NZ rights only
Hardback, ISBN 978186940 478 9, $69.99–the-land–the-vines–the-people-by-warren-mora.html

Wine : stories from Hawke’s Bay
Mark Sweet ; winemaker’s view, Peter Cowley ; photographs, Tim Whittaker.  2015: Format: 207 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm ISBN9780473333485

Television Shows

Thirsty Work
Presented by Wine and Food Creative Yvonne Lorkin, Thirsty Work unearths the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative wine and beverage industry.

Country Calendar – Family Vineyard – Seifried, Nelson
When Hermann Seifried told people about his dream to make wine in Nelson, everyone told him he was crazy. But 40 years on, the second generation of his family are winemakers and their product is exported to more than 18 countries.


Winery Doors
Winery Doors promotes wine regions around the world. They print eleven posters and feature Central Otago & Canterbury, Hawkes Bay & Wairarapa, as well as the Marlborough & Nelson and the book “Behind Winery Doors- Marlborough & Nelson.”

Magazines and Online Publications  

Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory

A Guide to New Zealand Wine
Peter Saunders’ annual wine guide publication of over 35 years now online by subscription.

Australian & New Zealand Grape Grower & Winemaker
The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker is the oldest and biggest selling publication for the Australian and New Zealand winegrape and winemaking industries. The recognised major source of practical and technical information for vignerons, it has been published since 1963.

Cuisine Magazine Website
Cuisine has an extensive coverage of NZ and other wines every issue.

Cuisine Wine:

New Zealand’s Premier Drinks Magazine!

New Zealand WineGrower Magazine
New Zealand WineGrower is the official journal of the New Zealand wine and viticulture industry. Produced bi-monthly, with copies going directly to all wine makers, grape growers, Ministers, MPs, relevant Government departments and officials, New Zealand WineGrower is the journal of record and preferred choice of decision makers in the industry.

WineNZ : the Taste of our Country [N.Z.] : WineNZ Magazine, Description: v. : ill. (some col.), col. ports. ; 30 cm. Bimonthly Began with Nov. 1996. ISSN: 1174-4219 $5.90

Wine Technology Magazine Technology in New Zealand is the leading independent business and technical magazine covering the New Zealand grape and wine industry. They reach vineyards, contract grape growers, wineries, wine companies and wine industry suppliers.

Wine Titles
Mainly Australian related but there is some NZ information available.

New Zealand grape grower
Auckland [N.Z.] : New Zealand Grape Grower, 2000-  : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm. Quarterly ISSN: 1175-6322 New Zealand Grape Grower is New Zealand’s only independent magazine dedicated purely to news and information for commercial winegrape producers.

Wine Maps

Wine Underground
A selection of very cool New Zealand regional wine maps


Wine: Stories from Hawke’s Bay
Wine: Stories from Hawke’s Bay pays homage to the rich tales of the vineyards, wineries and people who have developed the wine industry in Hawke’s Bay, from humble beginnings in the 1850s into today’s multi-million dollar darling of the world wine stage.
Publisher – BayBuzz Ltd ISBN 978-0-473-33348-5 rrp. $69.99

PASSION, PINOT & SAVVY offers an up-to-date insight into New Zealand’s exquisite wine industry – through the eyes of 16 women winemakers passionate about their craft. This Book (and e-book) profiles the 16 winemakers and covers the most vital aspects of modern wine-making in New Zealand. Extensive background detail and reference links make PASSION, PINOT & SAVVY an invaluable general reference for wine aficionados curious about New Zealand wine; but more than that, it’s a great read about 16 personal journeys by 16 very savvy women.

The New Zealand Wine Guide
Celia Hay, Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine and well-respected wine educator, explains in detail about New Zealand’s wine regions, significant grape varieties and wines produced. New Zealand Wine Guide is a concise and accessible guide for people wishing to discover New Zealand’s rich and distinctive world of wine.

The Wild Bunch : movers, shakers and ground-breakers of the New Zealand Wine Industry / Joelle Thomson.  Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland Publishers, 2012. ISBN: 9781869663001 (pbk.) : $39.99

Vinacular : a wine lover’s A-Z / illustrations by Scott Kennedy words by John Saker. By: Kennedy, Scott (Scott George) Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Awa Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781877551611 (hbk.) : $25.00

The Winemaker: George Fistonich and the Villa Maria Story
One of New Zealand’s most visionary winemakers celebrates his 50th vintage with his personal story. The Winemaker, published this October to coincide with their 50th vintage celebrations, is the inspiring story of George Fistonich and Villa Maria.
The winemaker : George Fistonich and the Villa Maria story / Kerry R. Tyack. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House New Zealand, 2012. 368 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm. ISBN: 9781869799779 (pbk.) : $45.00

Pinot Central : a winemaker’s story / Alan Brady
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 2010
ISBN: 9780143205104 (pbk.) : $67.00
Pinot Noir : The New Zealand Story / John Saker
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House, 2010.
ISBN: 9781869792794 (pbk.) : $49.99

Chancers and visionaries : a history of New Zealand wine / Keith Stewart.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Godwit, 2010. Random House ISBN: 9781869620707 (pbk.) : $49.99

Wine class : all you need to know about NZ wine / Jo Burzynska
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House New Zealand, 2009.
ISBN: 9781869791001 (pbk.) : $39.99

The New Zealand wine-lover’s companion : an A-to-Z guide / Karl du Fresne
Publisher: Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Pub., 2009. 227 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN: 9781877517129 (hbk.) : $29.99

The landscape of New Zealand wine / Kevin Judd with Bob Campbell
Publisher: Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Pub., 2009. 207 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm
ISBN: 9781877333859 (hbk.) : $79.99
New Zealand Food, Wine & Art : The Journey Continues
Photography, Ian Baker ; text, Vic Williams. Whangaparaoa [N.Z.] : Chanel, 2005. 199 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 31 cm. ISBN: 0958257345

Celebrating New Zealand Wine / Joëlle Thomson
Photography by Andrew Coffey. Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland Publishers, 2004.160 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm. ISBN: 1877246859 (hbk.) : $69.99

Wine in New Zealand / Caroline Courtney
Austin Langford Photographer. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Godwit, Random House 2003 ; 320 p. ill. (colour) ISBN 1869620933 (hbk.) : NZ $59.95

The Great Wines of New Zealand : an illustrated classification guide / Keith Stewart
Photographer, Kevin Judd. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Viking, 2005. Penguin Group. ISBN: 0670045632 (pbk.) : $49.95

Classic wines of New Zealand / Michael Cooper.
2nd ed. : Auckland [N.Z.] : Hodder Moa, 2005. Hachette Livre NZ Ltd. 471 p. : ill. ; 20 cm. ISBN: 1869589807 (hbk.) : $49.99

The Quest : a search for Hawke’s Bay’s best Bordeaux-style wine / Paul Taggart.
Hastings, N.Z. : Hawke’s Bay Today, 2004. 138 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill., col. map ; 20 cm. ISBN: 047601008X (pbk.) : $19.95

Pinot Pioneers : tales of Determination and Perseverance from Central Otago / Ric Oram
Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland, 2003. ISBN: 1869660196 (pbk.) : $27.95

The Wine Drinker’s Guide to the Vineyard / David Jackson.
Palmerston North, N.Z. : Dunmore Press, 2004. 141 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. ISBN: 086469444X (pbk.) : $29.95

A Toast to Martinborough and the Wairarapa : stories from the vineyards / Dave Cull.
Dunedin, N.Z. : Longacre Press, 2003. 164 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm. ISBN:187713578X : NZ$44.95

Wine atlas of New Zealand / by Michael Cooper
Photographs by John McDermott. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa Beckett, 2002. ISBN: 1869589211 (hbk.) : NZ$125.00

101 wine tips / Joëlle Thomson
(One hundred and one wine tips) Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland, 2001. 1 v. (unpaged) ; 14 cm. ISBN: 1877246662 (pbk.) : NZ$9.95

A guide to New Zealand wine / by Peter Saunders
Tony Palm. Auckland, [N.Z.] : Clarity Publishing & Consulting ; 2001 ed 368 p. ; 21 cm. ISBN: 0908574258

New Zealand food, wine & art : a new journey
Photography, Ian Baker ; text, Vic Williams with Anne-Marie Davis and Carol Hunter. Whangaparaoa [N.Z.] : Chanel, 2002. ISBN: 0958208468 (pbk.) 200 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 31 cm. : NZ$34.95

Taste of the earth : creating New Zealand’s fine wine / Keith Stewart
Photographs by Kevin Judd. Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Pub., 2001. 127 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm. ISBN: 0908802749 (hbk.) : NZ$49.95

Vineyards on the edge : the story of Central Otago wine / Dave Cull
Photography by Suellen Boag and David Wall, Dunedin, N.Z. : Longacre, 2001. 142 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN: 1877135615 (pbk.)

Vineyards of New Zealand Cookbook / Julie Le Clerc & Vic Williams
Photography by Ian Baker. Auckland, N.Z. : Viking, 2001. 00 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. ISBN: 0670911100 (hbk.) : NZ$69.95

Canterbury Grapes & Wines 1840-2002 / Danny Schuster, David Jackson & Rupert Tipples
Christchurch, N.Z. : Shoal Bay Press, 2002. 157 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 25 cm. ISBN: 1877251127 (pbk.) : $39.95

Pioneers of New Zealand Wine / Dick Scott
Photographs by Marti Friedlander. : Auckland [N.Z.] : Reed : Southern Cross, 2002. 76 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. ISBN: 0790008327 (pbk.) : $54.95