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It is with sadness that we received the news that Rosalie, our long time employee, passed away recently. Rosalie was at Johner Estate for many years, both in the vineyard and the tasting room. Many of you will remember Rosalie when visiting at the cellar door and no doubt be saddened to hear this news. Rosalie’s legacy is the certainty that drinking a glass of Johner Estate Rose always assisted her while doing her vacuuming – a fact she liked […]

Grape Harvest 2013

Well it’s all go at Johner Estate for the next few weeks with all hands on deck to harvest the grapes in what may be one of the very best seasons ever! We have a stunning crop with all varieties of grape in superb condition and sugar levels optimum. The team are working dawn til dusk and while most are actually picking we have a dedicated team in the winery focusing solely on processing the grapes and beginning the all […]

Harvest Festival 2013

Another absolutely fabulous Wairarapa Harvest Festival was held on Saturday in the beautiful riverside location known locally as ‘The Cliffs’, just down the road from Johner Estate. It was a hugely successful day with brilliant music, superb food and delicious wine and the crowd had a wonderful day! Thank you to all the visitors to the Johner stand, we always look forward to seeing you and helping ensure everyone has a great time. Can’t wait ’til next time for the […]

Netting Time

It’s a classic Wairarapa Summer with long sunny days and temperatures soaring in to the mid thirties by early afternoon, followed by refreshingly cool nights. These are perfect conditions for our grapes which are fully formed and ripening. However we are not the only ones watching the crop carefully! The sparrow, finch and starling are all greedily eyeing up the juicy grapes which are just now developing some early sweetness and so the priority this fortnight at Johner Estate is […]

Welcome to 2013!

And a happy and prosperous New Year to you all! There was a lovely little drop of much needed rain last night and we are experiencing some perfect summer weather with temperatures occasionally reaching 31 degrees! We are hoping for a wonderful vintage 2013. Vineyard tasks currently include trimming vines and raising the horizontal wires that hold all that lush growth in nice, neat and manageable rows. Have you had a chance to try our Rose 2012 over the summer? […]

Stems, Shoots and Buds – November 2012

Over early November the team at Johner Estate are busy tidying the fresh new growth on all the vines on the Estate. This detailed job involves not only considering this years growth and fruiting but also keeping a thought for the design of next years growth and appropriate pruning come winter. We need as many superfluous shoots removed as possible whilst leaving good buds for this season’s fruit and a sturdy strong sprout, in exactly the right place to provide […]

A Word About Weeds – October 2012

Sandra weeding At Johner Estate we are proud of our Herbicide Free status as we know, in this day and age, it is always preferable to reduce or eliminate harsh chemical usage in any situation, especially large scale usage on farm, orchards and vineyards. This is another example of our hands on approach to vineyard management allowing us closer monitoring of the vines whilst manually dealing with weeds. Yes manually! Above is a photo of Sandra grubbing out weeds amongst […]

Spring Planting 2012

The vineyard is alive with the beautiful soft green glow of fresh new growth! It’s the perfect time of year to instigate our vine replanting program replacing any vines throughout the vineyard that have succumbed over the last season. Sandra, Steven and the team are very busy planting approximately 1700 new grafted Pinot Noir clones which arrived just last week from our suppliers, having been cool stored and then soaked to bring them out of winter hibernation. Johner Estate is […]

Winner Cabernet & Merlot ‘Lyndor’ 2009

Congratulations to Aneta Valcheva of Carterton, Wairarapa on her recent win of a bottle of Cabernet & Merlot ‘Lyndor’ 2009. Aneta entered our monthly competition by adding her name to our email database and will now receive our quarterly email newsletter. If you would like to join our email database and enter the competition please email

Winner Cabernet & Merlot ‘Lyndor’ 2009

Congratulations to James Morton of Auckland on his recent win of a bottle of Cabernet & Merlot ‘Lyndor’ 2009. James entered our monthly competition by adding his name to our email database and will now receive our quarterly email newsletter. If you would like to join our email database and enter the competition please email