Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are your wines manufactured?

    Oyster Bay wines capture the special character of New Zealand. Our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rosé and Chardonnay are produced at our winery in Marlborough, and our Merlot, Pinot Gris, and Sparkling Wines are produced at our winery in Hawke’s Bay.

  • Can I visit your vineyards/wineries and do you offer winery tours and tastings?

    Oyster Bay strives to bring the best of New Zealand wine to the world. Our winemaking efforts focus exclusively on producing Super Premium wines that capture the character of our special place. As such, we currently do not operate tastings, or vineyard/winery tours.

  • Where can I buy Oyster Bay merchandise?

    Oyster Bay focuses exclusively on making Super Premium quality wines for people around the world to enjoy. Producing branded merchandise is not a focus for us at this time, and therefore we do not currently have anything of this nature available for purchase.

  • How can I keep the wine fresh once a bottle has been opened?

    To keep an open bottle of wine fresh, ensure the cap is tightly sealed after every glass pour. Our white wines and rosé should be stored, cap on, in a refrigerator to slow down oxidisation. For our red wines, keep the wine bottle out of light and stored at room temperature (below 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit), or in a refrigerator.

  • How long will your wine last when opened?

    If stored correctly (see above), our white and rosé wines should last up to five days, while our red wines should last up to three days after opening.

  • I have coeliac disease. Are your wines gluten free?

    Our wines are considered gluten free as they are made from grapes which contain no gluten, and no gluten containing products are added during the winemaking process.

  • Are your wines suitable for vegetarians/vegans?

    Occasionally, we use animal products such as egg whites, milk proteins or gelatine during the winemaking process to help improve purity, clarity and flavour. Although no traces of these animal products remain in the finished wines, this may make them unsuitable for some vegans and vegetarians.

  • I'm allergic to eggs. Do you filter your wine using egg products?

    Some of our wines use egg-based refining agents however no material traces remain in the finished wines.

  • I'm yeast intolerant. Is there any yeast left in the wine after it is sterile filtered?

    There will be some yeast left in the wine at the end of the winemaking process, however, the fermentation process should generate enough heat to break down the proteins in yeast that typically cause intolerances. If you have a high sensitivity to yeast, or need further clarification we recommend you consult an allergist.

  • I'm pre-diabetic. Can you advise how much sugar is in your wine?

    Residual sugar varies between different wine styles. Please refer to each wine’s technical specifications for more information. These can be found under “Tasting Notes” on their respective pages on this website.

  • I have a 100% organic diet. Do you use any pesticides/herbicides or non-organic fertilizers with the grapes in your wine?

    Oyster Bay is a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand; however, we are not certified organic. Our vineyard staff conscientiously use pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers during the growing season to ensure our fruit is of the highest quality and unaffected by pests and other harming influences.

  • I had an allergic reaction to your wine. What could have caused it?

    Several Oyster Bay wines may have residual and naturally occurring sulfites, proteins, and a range of other organic compounds which are consistent (if to different degrees) across all varietals and brands. Some people may even react to alcohol itself. If you are reacting to one type of wine, try switching to another. If symptoms persist, please see your doctor.

  • I have found an old bottle of wine. Is it OK to drink?

    This depends on the wine and how it has been stored. If it has been stored correctly it should still be enjoyable. The following table provides guidance as to the expected optimal drinking period from vintage release for each of our products.  

    Wine(Optimal drinking period with good storage)
    Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancFrom release to 18 months
    Oyster Bay Pinot GrisFrom release to 2 years
    Oyster Bay ChardonnayFrom release to 4 years
    Oyster Bay Pinot RoseFrom release to 2 years
    Oyster Bay Pinot NoirFrom release to 4+ years
    Oyster Bay MerlotFrom release to 5+ years
    Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut/RoseFrom release up to 4 years

  • Is your Sauvignon Blanc wooded (oaked)

    Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is not oaked; it undertakes a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks before it’s blended and bottled young to retain its hallmark fresh, crisp and vibrant fruit flavours.

  • I have noticed a change in the wine. Is it different vintage?

    Each vintage may differ slightly due to variations in conditions throughout the growing season. Flavour perception can also vary depending on social and climatic conditions, and food being consumed.

  • Why is the alcohol % different on this year's vintage?

    Alcohol percentage may differ slightly due to variations in conditions throughout the growing season.

  • What is the nutritional information for your wines?

    Nutritional information:

    ComponentContent%DV per 100mL serve%DV per 750 mL bottle
    Carbohydrates2.2 g/100mL<15%
    Total Fat<0.1g/100mL00
    Saturated Fat<0.1g/100mL00
    Trans Fat<0.1g/100mL00
    Protein0.1g/100mL<1<1
    Sodium1.8mg/100mL<1<1
      Calories per serving:
    ABV%Alcohol kcal2g/L RS4g/L RSMaximum kcal per 100 mL
    12.0%64.60.81.566.1
    12.5%67.30.81.568.8
    13.0%70.00.81.571.5
    13.5%72.70.81.574.2
    14.0%75.30.81.576.9