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… falling in love with the beauty of the region, its climate and wonderful conditions to grow stunning Pinot Noir; these were the reasons we established our second Estate on the absolute opposite side of the world. Yes Karl Johner, his wife Irene, and son Patrick have a well known winery in Germany where they were amongst the first vintners to adapt a quality regime and focus on great burgundy style wines. With our vision to also create great Pinot Noir in New Zealand, the focus of the wines is not set to upfront fruit. We just love complexity. Wines that reveal new delicate flavours whilst drinking, showing great depth and a lingering finish.
Talking with sommeliers and chefs from high class German restaurants helps us discover which aspects and styles pair well with food and informs us an elegant style is essential to continue enjoying the wine and not simply be satiated after one glass.
Perhaps this is the reason we don’t necessarily stand out in competitions. Our wines never impact with a punch!
People who have been introduced to our wines just become pleasantly addicted to them, and being different, we feel, is certainly a great virtue…

So if you have never tasted our wines before please don’t hesitate to drop by, have a look at the winery and sample our wines yourself. You will be made most welcome by our knowledgeable tasting room team! Alternatively, you can also taste them at our German Winery.

By the way we have relocated the Wairarapa Wine Centre to Johner Estate! You can now enjoy purchasing a selected range of stunning boutique Wairarapa wines, locally produced gin, beer and artisan olive oils whilst visiting Johner Estate.

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Christmas 2013

Christmas is just around the corner. It has been a few busy weeks at Johner Estate, inside and outside.20131201_050021_resized

Due to a beautiful and hot spring, the growth of the wines went a “bit crazy”. We are ahead of the previous seasons in regards to growth and maturity which is fantastic. Pre-bunch closure and Bunch closure is nearly over and we are busy with Canopy Management. The team is under pressure to put wires up, tying the wires together with clips, leaf blowing and irrigating the plants.

It looks as if the vines got caught into the pre-Christmas rush as well.

In the winery, we were bottling different wines, so that we can supply all our customers with their favourite wines and be able to release some new vintages in the near future.

Yes, our Chardonnay Methode Traditionnelle is back in stock.

In time to celebrate the New Year!!

So don’t hesitate to visit us.

Our tasting room will be open at our usual opening times from 10:00am to 16:30pm daily, except of Christmas Day.

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