Johner Estate Vineyards

000 East Taratahi Road, RD 7
Masterton, RD7
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In the early 1970s Karl Heinz Johner studied Oenology and Viticulture in Geisenheim / Germany. In those days he always dreamed of travelling to Australia and visiting the vineyards "down-under". But having a young family with two little children it all remained a dream until his son Patrick was sent off in 1998 to do a vintage in Australia. And as you can imagine it was finally a great excuse to finally visit the vineyards of Australia and pick up his son... Together with a study collegue of Patrick, it all ended up in a Pinot Noir World Tour visiting New Zealand and then Oregon / Northern California before returning home to Germany. But they came home with a big grin on their faces and a plan to set up a second winery in New Zealand. Yes, in those days, New Zealand showed a booming spirit. Growing grapes under these conditions was fun, with natural low yields, great fruit and high quality wines. Land prices a bit of the main Wine regions were still affordable, and so the three started off in 1998 with Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Sauvignon

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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