Fine Wines
of New Zealand

Fine Wines
of New Zealand

New Zealand produces a range of world-class wines, renowned for their purity, vibrancy and unique characteristics.

They are testament to the skill and craft of New Zealand winemakers and the unique environment in which they are grown. Fine Wines of New Zealand aims to celebrate and showcase the very best of these wines. The result of an extensive annual search, this conclusive selection was created and curated by six of New Zealand’s leading wine experts in association with Air New Zealand. These are the finest wines New Zealand has to offer.

The X Finest Wines of 2017

2017's List

The X Finest Wines of 2016

2016's List

From New Zealand’s Finest Wineries

New Zealand’s plentiful vineyards are located in spectacular locations, from sun drenched maritime regions to high alpine environments. These naturally stunning and distinct regions are home to bold pioneers, people who create wine that is famous for its purity, vibrancy and intensity with a freshness that could only come from here.

Great wine isn't the result of a bit of luck and good vintage, it's years of hard-work and complex perseverance.

Simon Nash

Master of Wine

Chosen by
the Masters


With any wine it’s the climate that has the final say.

The Criteria

World-class quality and consistency – a high barrier to inclusion consisting of wine quality, wine pedigree and longevity. A wine that can truly stand the test of time as a world-class example of New Zealand’s finest wine.

A Rigorous

The Search

Each of the panel members was charged with a specific wine variety. They undertook a rigorous search to find and then put forward their recommendation of what they considered to be the finest examples within each of their respective varietals.

Group Tasting

These wines were then presented to 3 other members of the panel at the group tasting event. Each of the wines were tasted and robustly debated with a refined selection agreed on from the initial offering.

Collective Agreement

This refined selection was finally presented to the entire Fine Wines of New Zealand selection panel. The wines were once more tasted and debated, the wines that were collectively agreed upon made the list and if any member felt the wine did not meet the criteria it was excluded.

This is a first for New Zealand. I don’t think anything like this has been attempted before.

John Belsham

Winemaker & Air New Zealand Wine Consultant

them for yourself

From the Fine Wines of New Zealand list, our Air New Zealand Wine Consultants have selected the best wines to serve at altitude. This selection will be served on board in Business Premier cabins throughout the year alongside our existing wine offering.

John Belsham

Air New Zealand Wine Consultant

Jim Harre

Air New Zealand Wine Consultant

Altitude makes
a difference

Some wines taste different onboard – it’s because of the altitude. Our Air New Zealand Wine Consultants Jim Harre and John Belsham know all about this and the science behind it, and that’s why they were brought in to make sure we only serve the right Fine Wines of New Zealand onboard.

Is your wine world-class?

Fine Wines of New Zealand is asking for submissions for consideration to

the 2018 Fine Wines of New Zealand list.

Submissions due

Midday Monday 15th January 2018

Notification of acceptance

Thurs 1st FEB 2018

Tasting bottle due*

Thurs 15th FEB 2018

*Note two bottles will be required if in cork.