Auckland’s Kumeu River was founded in 1944 by the Blajkovich family, immigrants from Croatia. From the early 1980s, the winery focused on single varietals, a practice that was relatively new to the area and which, over time, has become recognized for making terroir-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This New Zealand winery farms 30 hectares of vines planted on clay and sandstone soils cooled by ocean breezes. Non-irrigated vineyards are harvested by hand with the grapes fermented by indigenous yeasts and aged on their lees in French oak barrels.
Kumeu River’s wines balance both ripeness and racy acidity, bringing focus to the purity of New Zealand terroir accomplished through classic, old-world Burgundian winemaking traditions.