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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. 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 […]

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? […]

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.

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 […]