Top Wineries

Top Wineries of New Zealand: 4 to 1

Kusuda Wines: best known for pinot noir, syrah, riesling and, when conditions allow, a luscious dessert wine. Felton Road Wines: best known for five elegant, examples of Bannockburn pinot noir that seem to get better and better with every new vintage. Craggy Range: best known for a supremely elegant syrah with a proven cellaring record. Destiny Bay: best known for cabernet-dominant blended red wines based on the Bordeaux varieties.

Top wineries of New Zealand 2021: 8 to 5

Neudorf: best known for elegant, powerful chardonnay at several price points that peak at Moutere, a very special wine. Framingham: best known for riesling, which comes in all shapes and sizes but is universally delicious. Dry River Wines: best known for small volumes of intense and mostly age-worthy wines all of which deserve iconic status. Clearview Estate Winery: best known for chardonnay from the Te Awanga coastal region.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 12 to 9

Church Road: best known for chardonnay, syrah and blended reds. Puriri Hills: Best known for outstanding, age-worthy blended reds based on the Bordeaux varieties. Bell Hill: best known for chardonnay and pinot noir. Trinity Hill: best known for Homage Syrah.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 16 to 13

No 1 Family Estate: best known for superlative sparkling wine. Te Mata Estate: best known for Te Mata Coleraine, New Zealand’s most iconic wine. Smith & Sheth: best known for wines from exceptional vineyard sites. Pegasus Bay: best known for rich, complex pinot noir and funky sauvignon semillon.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2012: 20 to 17

Stonecroft: best known for intense, super-stylish syrah. Ata Rangi: best known for powerful, complex and age-worthy pinot noir. Quartz Reef: best known for dense, ripe Bendigo pinot noir and sophisticated methode traditionnelle. Pyramid Valley Vineyards: Best known for: Field of Fire Chardonnay, Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay, Angel Flower Pinot Noir and Earth Smoke Pinot Noir from their vineyard near Waikari.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 24 to 21

Greystone Wines: best known for wines made from the aromatic varieties, pinot noir and chardonnay. Blank Canvas: best known for truly innovative wines. Elephant Hill Estate: best known for intense, peppery syrah. Kumeu River: best known for super-stylish chardonnay.

Top Wineries of New Zealand: 28 to 25

Dog Point Vineyard: best known for their funky Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc. Rockburn Wines: Best known for pinot noir. Gibbston Valley Wines: best known for Reserve Pinot Noir. Hans Herzog Estate: best known for varietal diversity, quality and intensity.

A clear view to a top ranking

Clearview earned a very creditable 5th place in this year’s Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021 list, up from 37th the previous year, 15th in 2019 and 18th in 2018.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 32 to 29

Fromm Winery: best known for a range of top single-vineyard pinot noirs. Prophet’s Rock: best known for outstanding Bendigo pinot noir. Giesen Wine Estate: best known for great value Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Daniel Le Brun: best known for mellow, mature méthode traditionnelle.