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 amassed a Library of over 130 New Zealand wine related Books now dating from 1958 through to the present day – far too many to list here. Just a few in the images below.
Newly Published Books
Tessa Anderson: 50 Years, 50 Stories: Marlborough the region that turned the wine world upside down
Who would have thought at the beginning of 1973 that the planting of a few grape vines in Marlborough would turn the wine world upside down? Who could have foreseen the international success that would follow on from a decision that even many New Zealand aficionados mocked at the time? 2023 is the 50th anniversary of the first modern day vineyard plantings in Marlborough. In five decades those vines have transformed Marlborough from a dry, barren forgotten region at the top of New Zealand’s South Island into a byword for superior, quality wines. 50 years, 50 stories is not a chronological, historical account of those 50 years – instead it is stories from the people who were there in the early days and the years that followed. From the Trailblazers to the lifetime achiever’s, relive the ups and downs of a region that has become one of the most famous wine brands in the world. Regular price $75.00 NZD Buy Here:
A Vintner’s Tale Author: Peter Hubscher
Of modest stature, from Central European stock and born in West Auckland, Peter Hubscher first trialled as a winemaker in Hawke’s Bay in the 1960s. His apprenticeship completed, he returned to the Wait?kere Ranges to begin his career with Montana Wines and put into practice his vision for the undeveloped New Zealand wine industry. Driven by a desire to see local wines as a quality product on the world stage, Peter led Montana into a fruitful period — they established Sauvignon Blanc as the wine for which New Zealand became known, began using techniques influenced by European and American vintners, and overcame the Achilles’ heel for Kiwi winemakers: excellence in red wine. Montana widened its palate in the 1990s with sponsorship of the World of WearableArt Awards, Montana Sunday Theatre and the Montana Book Awards, and support for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In retirement, Peter’s love of the arts culminated with the Tironui Music Trust, founded with his wife, Pam, to support disadvantaged youth to learn music. Provocative and irreverent, A Vintner’s Tale is the story of change and innovation in one of New Zealand’s notable industries and an important record of the people who made the world take notice. Available from Nationwide Book Distributors – RRP:$50.00 http://www.nationwidebooks.co.nz/product/a-vintners-tale-9780473681814
Grape Expectations – Pohangina Valley Estate – Manawatu’s Only Vineyard by Fiona McMorrran Tells of one family’s vision to create Manawat?’s only vineyard – Pohangina Valley Estate. It is a personal account of the beginnings of the vineyard in a region unknown for grape-growing. The book tells of some of the hurdles the family had to overcome in order to establish a successful business selling award-winning wines.
The book covers the original decision to set up the vineyard, the initial sprouting of the vines, and the development of the first wines. It takes the reader through the growth of the business to the point where major events were being hosted on the property, and some of the trials and tribulations of hosting these events.
Available from Paper Plus Palmerston North, firstname.lastname@example.org $39.99 or online at:
Road Trip by Richard Brimer
Richard Brimer’s latest book covers his incredible 2021 journey from North to South observing the wine harvest. Staying at vineyards, dining with the locals, and meeting all the characters that make up our diverse and eclectic wine community. A wine industry stalwart, Richard Brimer worked his first vintage to save money for a camera, having left school at 15 to do a photography apprenticeship. That Hawke’s Bay harvest at Vidal was to set the path of his career with 35 vintages behind the lens and four wine photography books to follow. Hard covered, 340mm x 270mm in size with 214 pages of photography. $75.00
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021
Now available online by subscription only
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. 2021 is the last hard copy edition to be printed.
A Guide to Touring New Zealand’s Wineries / Joelle Thomson.
“Celebrated New Zealand Wine Connoisseur JOËLLE THOMSON takes you on a tour throughout eight picturesque New Zealand wine regions with the sole intention of providing the travelling New Zealander factual and up to date information of all the wineries in the regions, including activities, maps, suggested itineraries, wine tasting, best local restaurants and accommodation. Learn about the top producers in each one and also what makes each vineyard worth visiting. Publisher’s website. Notes: “Discover the best walkways, cycleways and stunning tours to cellar doors” Publisher Auckland, New Zealand : New Holland Publishers, 2021. Format141 pages colour illustrations ; 27 cm http://www.joellethomson.com/
The New Zealand Wine Guide: 2nd Edition
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 Underground Maps Company
A New Zealand online gallery, founded by Phil Wilcock in 2012 under the name New Zealand Wine Underground. The aim is to provide beautiful and informative posters to every home around the world. Starting with the underground inspired maps of the New Zealand Wine regions, following the style of Harry Beck’s 1932 iconic London Underground Map
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
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. http://rebeccagibb.com/buy-my-book/
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).
A quintessentially Kiwi story of an accidental wine-industry trailblazer.
Author/Contributors: Scott, Allan, 1947- author.; Arnold, Eric, 1975- author.
New Zealand Wine: The Land, the Vines, the People
November 2016, 262 x 217 mm, 384 pages, colour illustrations and maps, NZ rights only
Wine : stories from Hawke’s Bay
Mark Sweet ; winemaker’s view, Peter Cowley ; photographs, Tim Whittaker. 2015: Format: 207 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm
Magazines and Online Publications
Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory
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.
Dish Magazine Wine Tasting Panels:
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
https://winenzmagazine.co.nz/Auckland [N.Z.] : WineNZ Magazine, Description: v. : ill. (some col.), col. ports. ; 30 cm. Bimonthly Began with Nov. 1996.$5.90
Wine Technology Magazine
http://www.foodtechnology.co.nz/ Wine 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.
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 New Zealand Grape Grower is New Zealand’s only independent magazine dedicated purely to news and information for commercial winegrape producers.
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 $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 Wild Bunch : movers, shakers and ground-breakers of the New Zealand Wine Industry / Joelle Thomson. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland Publishers, 2012. (pbk.) : $39.99 http://www.newhollandpublishers.co.nz/
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. (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. (pbk.) : $45.00
Pinot Central : a winemaker’s story / Alan Brady
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 2010
(pbk.) : $67.00
Pinot Noir : The New Zealand Story / John Saker
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House, 2010. $49.99
Chancers and visionaries : a history of New Zealand wine / Keith Stewart.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Godwit, 2010. Random House (pbk.) : $49.99
Wine class : all you need to know about NZ wine / Jo Burzynska
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House New Zealand, 2009.
(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.
(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: (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:
Celebrating New Zealand Wine / Joëlle Thomson
Photography by Andrew Coffey. Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland Publishers, 2004.160 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm. (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 (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: (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: (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.,  p. of plates : col. ill., col. map ; 20 cm. ISBN: (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: (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:: NZ$44.95
Wine atlas of New Zealand / by Michael Cooper
Photographs by John McDermott. Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa Beckett, 2002. ISBN: (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: (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:
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: (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: (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: (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. 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: (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: (pbk.) : $54.95