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Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 47 to 52

Framingham: best known for intense, vibrant and concentrated rieslings with thrilling tension. Misha’s Vineyard: best known for four pinot noir labels that offer a range of prices while maintaining a high standard of quality. Bostock Wines: best known for four varietals (pinot gris, chardonnay, merlot and syrah) with a proven record in Hawke’s Bay. Smith & Sheth: best known for being an ambitious enterprise with the goal of selecting the best grapes from the finest vineyards. Rapaura Springs: best known for producing large volumes of classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc that represents great value. Quartz Reef: best known for intense, ripe Bendigo Pinot Noir grown under organic/biodynamic principles.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 41 to 46

Mt Difficulty Wines: best known for the supple, savoury and fleshy pinot noir which is a blend of wines from four vineyards in the heart of Bannockburn. Forager Wine: best known for a single vineyard pinot noir made from hand-picked hillside-grown grapes using wild vineyard fermentations. Clearview Estate Winery: best known for coastal-grown Estate Chardonnay which is one of the most decorated chardonnays in the country. Nautilus Estate: best known for Clay Hills Pinot Noir which produces fragrant, floral wines with a seductive, silken texture. Te Whare Ra Wines: best known for concentrated sauvignon blanc that captures the essence of the variety in both texture and taste. Greywacke: best known for Greywacke Wild Sauvignon adds extra layers of complexity by allowing fermentation in French oak barriques using indigenous yeasts.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 35 to 40

Astrolabe Wines: best known for sauvignon blanc from the Awatere Valley and Kekerengu as well as a blended sauvignon blanc from the wider Marlborough region. Doctors Flat: best known for producing a single, ageworthy pinot noir from the Bannockburn region of Central Otago. Rockburn Wines: best known for elegant Reserve pinot noir produced by selecting a small number of the very best barrels from its Gibbston or Parkburn vineyards. Two Paddocks: best known for high-energy subregional pinot noir from Bannockburn, Alexandra and Gibbston. Passage Rock Wines: best known for intense, savoury Reserve Syrah grown in its own vineyard on the eastern end of the island. Carrick: best known for taut, elegant and textural organic The Magnetic pinot noir.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 29 to 34

Paritua: best known for Paritua 21:12, an intense, age-worthy blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Gibbston Valley Wines: best known for high-quality, high-priced Le Maitre Pinot Noir. Prophet’s Rock: best known for low extraction Bendigo pinot noir with complex floral-dominant scents and silken textures. Black Estate: Best known for: stylish chardonnay, riesling and pinot noir grown on three organic hillside vineyards. Neudorf: best known for super-stylish chardonnay and robust pinot noir that give a nod in the direction of Burgundy. Puriri Hills: best known for single ‘estate – bottled’ wines inspired by the grand crus of Pomerol and St Emilion.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 23 to 28

Esk Valley: best known for Heipipi The Terraces, a hillside-grown merlot-dominant blended red that has developed a cult following. Te Motu: best known for being available by the glass from a number of vintages at their winery restaurant, The Shed. Valli: best known for subregional pinot noir labels. Cloudy Bay: best known for a sauvignon blanc which became the world’s favourite in the late 1980s, and has maintained that status ever since. Rippon: best known for a magnificent view over Lake Wanaka to the distant Southern Alps. Squawking Magpie: best known for bold, intensely fruity red wines, mostly cabernet and cabernet blends,  from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2024: 17 to 22

Radburnd Cellars: best known for two outstanding red wines and a stunning chardonnay made without compromise by Kate Radburnd. Blank Canvas: best known for Holdaway and Abstract Three sauvignon blancs that excel in both taste and texture. Elephant Hill Estate: best known for owning three stunning vineyards in coastal Te Awanga and inland Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle districts. Terra Sancta: best known for a favourable site nestled in the heart of Bannockburn, a district that has probably produced more top pinot noir than any other. Giesen Wine Estate: best known for great value sauvignon blanc which is achieved by ownership and access to an extensive area of good vineyards. Greystone Wines: Best known for: Greystone Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir.