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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 thought the labels made a great personal touch to the day. Emma and Fred also have a special keepsake with their wedding date on. ( Handy for Fred to remember the anniversary!)

Congratulations to the newlyweds.  Wishing them a long and happy life together.


If you are interested in having  your own personalised labels for your celebration please call us on 06 3708217

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

Summer is here!

floweringAlthough 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.

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The next steps will be leafplucking and continuing with tucking and tying. Not an easy task with all those strong winds.


Cellar Door Christmas Gift Packs

IMG_0393Christmas 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 Drops $134.00
– 2012 Methode Traditionnelle. Blanc de Noir
– 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve
– 2013 Syrah Gladstone

And as you can see, we have also decorated our shop a little…

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Wild about Kiwis

mtbruce_brand_01 (2)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 in the forest there and two are viewable in the nocturnal house, during kiwi chick season you can also experience kiwi chicks. As part of Pukaha’s conservation breeding programme, Operation Nest Egg, kiwi eggs are brought in from the forest and hatched in their nursery to give the chicks the best chance of survival.

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To support this amazing service order The Johner Estate “Kiwi case” and we will donate $5 per case to Pukaha Mount Bruce  to ensure that the Kiwi (and proud feature of our logo) does not become a thing of the past.

This is our selection for you and we are proud of the following reviews.

The Kiwi case consists of four bottles each of the following wines
2014 Pinot Gris Wairarapa
Michael Cooper4from5star  Mouth filling fresh & vibrant, with strong ripe citrusy, peachy & spicy flavours. Lively acidity and very good poise, vigour and depth. Worth cellaring

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Gladstone
Michael Cooper4from5star   Vibrantly fruity and dry with ripe melon / lime flavours, showing excellent intensity, good mouth feel and texture and a zingy lingering finish.

2012 Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Gladstone
Raymond Chan4from5star
The bouquet is gently full with soft aromas of savoury dark red berry fruit, lifted with floral elements along with layers of spicy, nutty and resinous oak, earth, , soft and plush flavours of savoury plum and berry fruits all harmoniously presented.

Normal retail price would be $308.00
Special Kiwi Case price $240.00 a $68.00 SAVING!


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.



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 to share.

RIP Rosalie and may there always be a chilled Rose for you.

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.

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barrel room

Our barrel room is full and we look forward to
be able to bottle some of this fantastic wine which comes out of 2013 harvest. To make sure we have excellent wine, the barrels are cleaned, checked and topped up once a week.

New kid on the block

You might have already met him or seen him. Robert Stadnicenko has joined the Johner Estate Team in the role of Sales Representative. He looks mainly after our clients in the lower North Island, but also reinforces our team at Trade shows or at Tastings.

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The New Vintage 2013 of Johner Estate Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa has arrived.

Haven’t tasted them yet? This is your opportunity to visit us at our cosy Tasting room  which is open 7 days from 10:00am to 4:30pm to taste them.