Compared to the booming wine industry of neighbouring Australia, the New Zealand wine industry is rather small in comparison. In fact it is relatively new compared to a number of other wine industries whose wines are considered 'wines of quality' on the international market.
While attempts at some sort of wine making took place sometime in the 19th century, it was not until much recently, particularly the 1970's and 1980's, that New Zealand's wine making prowess was recognised on the international wine scene.
New Zealand red wine is less famous than its white wine counterpart as the country is said to produce some of the best bottles of Sauvignon Blanc in the world today. If you haven't tried them yet, you are in for a real treat!