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.
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.
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.
Felton Road is the winery that made Bannockburn famous. They ranked third in The Real Review Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021 list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.