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Our personalised labels

Our personalised labels are growing in popularity and anything from Christmas gifts to weddings or 21st’s are a great time to add an extra special touch.  We don’t often get to see the customer response first hand but this weekend I was lucky enough to attend the wedding of Fred and Emma McKinstry, who served a large selection of our wines with the personalized labels and the response was fantastic. All the guests I spoke to loved the wines and […]

Reserve Pinot 13 Review by Lisa Perotti-Brown

2013 Reserve Pinot Noir Review by: Lise Perrotti- Brown Rating: 91/100 Drink: 2014-2019 Medium ruby- purple colored, the 2013 Reserve Pinot gorgeous red fruit laced with notes of red currants, raspberry leaves and rhubarb with hints of Provence herbs and twigs.  Medium-bodied and with beautiful poise in the mouth, it fills the palate with a good intensity of herb laced red fruits, finishing long

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 […]


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 […]

Wairarapa Wine Association Show in Auckland

Johner Estate will be present in Auckland at the Wairarapa Wine Harvest Festival 3rd September 2013. We hope you will join us for a fantastic tasting and some fun. So if you don’t want to miss out, book your ticket online now!  

Some news from Johner Estate

We are in the middle of winter; things have quiet down at the vineyard after a very busy and successful harvest. There are still a few odd jobs to be done even though that pruning is done. The canes are bowed down, the irrigation system needs to be checked, old vines to be pulled out to make space for young ones. barrel room Our barrel room is full and we look forward to be able to bottle some of this […]