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Some recent great accolades…

We are thrilled that both Raymond Chan and Bob Campbell gave our 2013 Gladstone and 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir’s FIVE star ratings. Michael Cooper enjoyed the 2014 Riesling and 2014 Pinot Gris and awarded FOUR stars and the 2013 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc was given FOUR AND A HALF stars.

Summer is here!

Although you wouldn’t quite guess it, Summer has finally arrived. We have had a later start to flowering this year and the weather hasn’t been ideal but this may save us from thinning the fruit afterwards so every cloud has a silver lining! Our team has been working hard in the vineyard everyday shoot thinning, wire lifting, tucking and tying over the spring period.      The next steps will be leafplucking and continuing with tucking and tying. Not an easy […]

Cellar Door Christmas Gift Packs

Christmas gift packs are available and come in a range of different varieties: All come with gift box, tag and bow. Only available at our Cellar door. Kiwi Christmas Pack $61.50 – 2014 Rose – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa – 2014 Chardonnay Wairarapa Wishes Pack $66.00 – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa – 2014 Riesling Wairarapa – 2014 Pinot Gris Wairarapa Wine Lovers Premium Pack $84.00 -2013 Sauvignon Blanc Gladstone – 2013 Pinot Noir Gladstone – 2014 Chardonnay Top of the […]

Wild about Kiwis

We know New Zealanders are healthy wine drinkers and we also know they are fiercely protective and proud of our native icon “The Kiwi.” This is why we have joined forces with Pukaha Mount Bruce who do wonderful work in helping to restore our forest and native wildlife. Pukaha Mount Bruce is a wildlife restoration Centre and visitor attraction located at the National Wildlife Centre off State Highway 2 in New Zealand’s Tararua district. Over 90 Kiwi are currently living […]

Christmas 2013

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

Picking Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

Last years very low yield has created a slight shortage of our Sauvignon Blanc. This year, we are glad to pick wonderful ripe fruit with lovely tropical flavours and a hint of grapefruit. Although when looking at the green grapes you wouldn’t expect that ripeness… But we have reached high sugar levels maintaining a refreshing acidity level.

Christmas and New Year Opening Dates

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year !!! We are closed on the 25th of December and on the 1st and 2nd of January. We are open from 26th to 31st December and then again from 3rd of January 2013.

Manawatu Ideal Home Show 2012 Stand 542

Manawatu Home Show 20 – 22 July 2012 Steven Bates (vineyard manager, pictured above) and the team from Johner Estate will be offering a delicious range of tastings (generous as always!) at stand number 542. We have a superb ‘Special Tasting Experience’ which you won’t want to miss and all sorts of other surprises at the event including customised cases and a super Pinot Noir offer. We will look forward to seeing you there! Of course if you cannot make […]

Wellington Food Show 2012 Stand 304

Wellington Food Show 11 – 13 May 2012 Karl Johner, Steven Bates and the team from Johner Estate will be offering a delicious range of tastings (generous as always!) at stand number 304. This year, we are proud to have Stefan, a Master of Wine (MW) student to introduce the wines to you. We have a superb ‘Special Tasting Experience’ which you won’t want to miss and all sorts of other surprises at the event including customized cases and a […]

It’s a challenging harvest.

The year has been cooler and more difficult than in other years. The real challenge is getting in ripe grapes with flavours and structure. The most important aspect is picking out the ripe grapes by hand and then sorting them in the vineyard, before they are dropped into the bucket. As we also pick our late harvest noble grapes at a later stage from the same vineyard, no machine harvester can substitute our hard working pickers. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes […]