NZ white wine fast stats & facts

Export statistics

Note: statistics are from the New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Report 2021
  • White wine makes up 93% of New Zealand wine exported

  • Sauvignon Blanc makes up 85% of all New Zealand wine exported

  • Pinot Gris makes up 4% of all New Zealand wine exported

  • Chardonnay makes up 2% of all New Zealand wine exported

 

Sauvignon Blanc facts

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  • 71% of New Zealand wine production - nationally, over 25,000 hectares of vineyard land are devoted to growing the grape.

  • Sauvignon Blanc makes up 85% of all New Zealand wine exported

  • Sauvignon Blanc was commercially produced on our shores for the first time in the 1970s.

  • It is the country's most widely planted variety, and has established itself as New Zealand's flagship wine the world over.

  • Three-quarters of all Sauvignon Blanc is planted in Marlborough (22k+ ha), followed by Hawke's Bay (1k+ ha) and Nelson (0.6k ha).

  • It's one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon. The other? Cabernet Franc.

  • Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent food-pairing wine. Depending on which style you’re pouring, you can roll with everything from Thai food and grilled chicken to salmon and pasta

 

Chardonnay facts

close up of person cutting a bunch of chardonnay grapes off a vine
  • 6% of New Zealand wine production

  • Chardonnay makes up 2% of all New Zealand wine exported

  • Chardonnay takes its name from the village of Chardonnay in the Mâcon region of Burgundy

  • Chardonnay is the most widely distributed white grape in the world, and is the world's most popular white wine. It's virtually planted in every wine region in the world

  • Got bubbles? So does Chardonnay. Chardonnay is one of the three main grapes used in Sparkling wine, along with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier

  • 28,000 tonnes of Chardonnay is produced in New Zealand, and makes up around 6% of New Zealand wine production

  • A young or unoaked Chardonnay is fabulous with seafood. Mature New Zealand Chardonnays are richer and more complex and complement savoury dishes such as chicken, veal and rabbit

  • Chardonnay shows its best served between 12ºC and 14ºC

 

Pinot Gris facts

Bunches of pinot gris grapes in plastic containers.
  • 5% of New Zealand wine production

  • Pinot Gris makes up 4% of all New Zealand wine exported

  • Pinot Gris translates to ‘grey pinecone’ – referring to the nature of the bunch of grapes and their greyish-blue skin

  • Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are both made from the same grape, the difference is location – Pinot Gris originated in France and Pinot Grigio in Italy

  • The Pinot Gris grape is a mutation of Pinot Noir and loses colour during fermentation

  • Pinot Gris is an ‘early to market’ wine best consumed within 1 – 4 years

  • Like other aromatics, Pinot Gris is best served chilled at around 7ºC

  • Adding a touch of Pinot Gris to pastry will make a pie crust or tart more tender and add a hint of sweetness

 

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