We round up SIX of the must visit wineries in New Zealand for kiwis to enjoy this summer.


From sunny Waiheke too sunny, Hawkes Bay – there’s something for everyone when it comes to wine here in New Zealand.


We put the spotlight on SIX worth adding to your summer calendar. Without further ado…





Waiheke Island is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches, and is also renowned for producing great red wine. Stonyridge is one of Waihekes gold standard wineries. Hosting the famous Highlife party over New Years eve and producing Bordeaux like wines right here in New Zealand.


Where: Waiheke Island


Wine: Cabernet


What: The best summer winiery to enjoy wine and good food with friends in the sun.

Why: Steve the founder and yoga fanatic is usually there to help you have a great time.




“I say two things about wine. If it’s free, it normally tastes all right, and after 10 o’clock at night you can serve anything. “I haven’t got the palate to appreciate a $1000 bottle of wine. That’s a very rare skill.” – Richard Riddiford, Palliser Estate. The man who brought Pinot too New Zealand.


Where: Martinborough


Wine: Pinot


What: Palliser will give you a $1000 bottle of wine for $45.

Why: Palliser put Martinborough on the map for wine. 






The gold standard of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. The wine company that turned sheep farmers into wealthy wine growers. New Zealand's most famous wine. 


Where: Malborough


Wine: Sauvignon Blanc


What: The most renown Sav in the world.  


Why: Go taste the wine that put Malborough on the map.




The key people behind Forrest are Doctors. The Doctors established their first vineyard at Renwick in 1988. For them, winemaking is 'a perfect blend of art and science'. "Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wines 'soul'.


Where: Martinborough


Wine: Riesling


What: The Doctors Riesling is one the worlds best.


Why:  Probably the only place you will taste wine made by a doctor.






No New Zealand fine dining experience would be truly complete without a glass or two of award-winning pinot noir –Straight from Central Otago, in the south. The perfect match for succulent New Zealand lamb.


Where: Queenstown


Wine: Pinot


What: Also known as the 'Valley of the Vines', is one of the most scenic wine growing areas you'll ever encounter.


Why:  Close to New Zealand's world famous, Queenstown.




6. Mission Estate

Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851, by pioneering French Missionaries is New Zealand's oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine.


Where: Hawkes Bay      


Wine: Red blends


What: The founders of wine in New Zealand.


Why: Set in Hawkes Bay. Producing some of the best food and wine in New Zealand.





HOW CLOUDY BAY became the the worlds most sought after wine.

Kevin Judd - Cloudy Bay

You believe things that aren’t true. 

Said a different way: Many things that are true are true because you believe them. 

If you think the more expensive wine is better, then it is. 

If you like one brand more then another, it is because you like their story.

All marketers tell stories. And if they do it right, we believe them. 

We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $120,000 Porsche is vastly superior to a $80,000 VW, even if it is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Adidas will make our feet feel better--and look cooler--than $20 no names. . . and believing it makes it true.


David Hohnen is a liar

David is a sheep farmer and owns a vineyard. I’m told he’s a very nice guy. And he’s very good at telling stories. 

His companies make wine. He and his staff fervently believe that there is a perfect secret ingredient to make the perfect wine. Especially Sauvignon blanc. 

According to David “if the grapes are grown in the right way from the start, the wine will essentially make itself.”

David is best known for founding the gold standard of Sauvignon blanc - Cloudy Bay. He put New Zealand on the map for wine and made a lot of sheep farmers from Marlborough become wine drinkers and wealthy. 


Why do wine experts insist that Sauvignon blanc is better if it is it is Cloudy Bay? 

The flaw is in the experiment, as outlined by Daniel Zwerdling in the Gourmet magazine, it is that people believe it should.  This makes sense, of course. Taste is subjective. If you think the burgers at Burger Fuel taste better, then they do. Because you want them to. 

Cloudy Bay sells millions of dollars worth of wine every year. They sell wine to intelligent, well-off wine lovers who then proceed to enjoy their wine more then they did before. 

Marketing, apparently, makes wine taste better. 

Marketing, in the form of a wine with a story that goes with it, has more impact on the taste of wine then the French oak casks or fancy corks or rain. It just has to come from middle earth. 

David Hohnen makes your wine taste better by telling you a story.

He is also an honest liar. The story he tells was never true - Cloudy Bay is better - merely it is the very act of believing his lie that makes the statement true. Because drinkers deliver the wine taste better, it does taste better. 


This is how Cloudy Bay became the worlds most sought after wine. 

They had a man who could tell a good story. 

What stories do you tell?


We round up TEN of the best wine and food festivals taking place across the country this summer.

From windy Wellington, wild foods in Hokitika too off the beaten track, Gisborne – there’s something for everyone when it comes to wine and food festivals here in New Zealand.

We put the spotlight on TEN festivals worth adding to your summer calendar. Without further ado…




Taste is your opportunity to try signature dishes from some of Auckland’s most exciting restaurants in a beautiful al fresco setting surrounded by pop-up winery stands, food and drink experiences and much more

Where: Auckland

When: November, 2016 

What: A celebration of whats hot on the Auckland food scene.

How Much: General Admission is $32





The Christchurch | South Island Wine & Food Festival has quickly established itself as one of the leading wine and food events in the country, and is once again preparing to host wineries from across the Christchurch | South Island region - representing some of the premier wine regions of the world.

Where: Hagley Park, Christchurch

When: December, 2016

What: Over 40 wineries from over the south island in one place, in the beautiful city of Christchurch. 

How Much: General Admission is $47.50





Set amongst New Zealand's premier wine area - Martinborough. It is the Waiarapas biggest day of the year. Toast Martinborough host an array of wineries, good food and sun.

Where: Martinborough

When: November, 2016

What: Waiarapas biggest day of the year, celebrating its best wines. 

How Much: General Admission is $70






 A Festival bringing together the best of local food, wine and craft beer on the Wellington waterfront in the sun accompanied by great music, fun and friends.

Where: Waterfront, Wellington

When: February, 2016

What: A celebration of Wellingtons best.

How Much: General Admission is $39.95




Feeding peoples appetite for life by bringing them together to share different inspiring and proactive culinary experiences. Wellington on a plate is a not to be missed. 

Where: Wellington

When: August, 2016

What: A celebration of Wellingtons fantastic culinary scene. 

How Much: General Admission is $45





The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival in what is arguably the best wine producing region in the world.  Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards - Brancott Vineyard.

Where: Brancott Vineyard, Malborough

When: February, 2016

What: The oldest wine and one of the best in New Zealand.

How Much: General Admission is $55




An intimate riverside setting provides a spectacular backdrop for the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival, held in the popular wine growing region Gladstone.

Where: Waiarapa

When: March, 2016

What: Showcasing regional wines and food from throughout the Wairarapa

How Much: General Admission is $50




Set in New Zealand's most remote yet gorgeous setting. Gisborne. Also host to New Zealand's premier music festival - Rhythm and Vines. The sun will shine and you will have one amazing time.  

Where: Gisborne

When: October, 2016

What: A celebration of Gisborne's wine and food scene. 

How Much: General Admission is $40




From steamed mussels and whitebait fritters to fish fillets and crayfish, a steady flow of local favourites will line Halsey Wharf just waiting for you to get on board.

Where: Waterfront, Auckland

When: January, 2016

What: A celebration of New Zealand's incredible seafood selection. 

How Much: General Admission is $25




From animal genitalia, eyeballs and brains to a beautiful beer. Hokitka will give you experience you will not find in many places across the world.  

Where: Hokitika 

When: March, 2016 

What: A celebration of all the wild food inspirations from around New Zealand. 

How Much: General Admission is $40



Consider the case of Riedel wine glasses, a highly successful line of glass-blown wine receptable designed to deliver the wine’s “message” via the carefully-crafted form of the glass. In other words, the shape of the glass makes the wine taste better.




So was Thomas Matthews, excutive editor of Wine Spectator. Premier wine critic Robert Parker, Jr. was also initially unconvinced.


And yet Matthews, Parker, hundreds of other wine experts, and thousands of customers now swear its true. Taste test throughout Europe and the U.S. proved time and again that wine – expensive, inexpensive, and middling – tasted better in Riedel glasses.


Except it’s not true. At least not empirically.

When subjected to double-blind testing that doesn’t let the taster know the shape of the glass, people found no detectable difference in taste between glasses. Objectively, the shape of the glass just doesn’t matter.


But subjectively, when belief in the glass and the experience of the glass are added back in the mix, it matters. And the wine does taste better to these people, just like the placebo effect can make people well.




A placebo makes wine taste better, cancer drugs more effective and education significantly more efficient and effective.




Donald Drapkin is a hedge fund manager. The New York Times estimated that he was keeping more than five million dollars worth of wine in a storage facility that went bankrupt. Lets assume that Drapkin has excellent taste and can easily afford the wine (even though its held up in court and he might never get it out of the failed storage facility)


Imagine that you and I snuck into the wine locker, though, and swapped the labels on this priceless wine with bottles that cost, I don’t know, $50 each. According to the American Association of Wine Economist, virtually no one can tell good wine from super expensive wine. (To be completely accurate, most people of the 6,000 studied actually prefer less expensive wine in a blind taste test. If it makes you feel any better, in a study two years latter, the group found many people are unable to differentiate Spam and liverwurst from dog food either.


The essential takeaway from the blind test is this: The blindfold takes something away, something important. The thing it takes away is sufficient to turn average wine into delicious wine, to change, fundamentally, the level of enjoyment available to people using the product. What does it take away?

The placebo.


(Seth Godin – Placebos)






Glovi are designed to make the most pleasurable drinking possible. Our dream is to make the best outdoor wine glass possible.

Reidel created a wine glass that has stood our time. It was great for French Bordeaux while sitting at your villa in Aux en Provence. It wasn’t build for the kiwi BBQ, wine and food festival, the boat or the beach.

I hope you enjoy drinking out of them, just as much as we enjoyed making them.



Team Glovi