People thought Josip Babich was crazy back in 1912. Planting vines in remote New Zealand, then patiently making wine the difficult way – with vision, thoughtfulness, ingenuity, and a little bit of curiosity. That hard-working spirit is something that still runs deep in our veins today; and we’ll keep ‘paying it forward’ for as long as we exist.
From our vineyards to your table, our wines offer a direct connection to New Zealand, the beautiful country we call home. The love of our craft. Doing things by hand. And caring for our land. They’re all ingredients of our slow, careful process in an ever-changing, always-on world. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. And the proof is in each glass.
103 years. 3 generations. One amazing story. You learn a thing or two about winemaking when it runs in the family this long. But some things never change. We’ve been practising sustainability as long as we’ve had our vineyards. With New Zealand’s first sustainable vineyard, we helped pioneer wines that minimise environmental impact and maximise flavour. The result? A real connection to nature, from grape to the glass – wherever we are.
Pay it forward is something we’ve been doing since Josip Babich planted his first vines in New Zealand around 110 years ago. It’s about treading gently on the earth to leave the landscape in a better condition that when we found it; passing on our experience and ideas for a new generation to shape and progress; and ensuring that our fascination for flavoursome, outstanding wines can be enjoyed as a continual story of discovery.
Awards are special things. And as you’re about to see, over the years we’ve won more than our fair share. But that’s not why we make our wine. What rewards us most, is far simpler. We want our wines to be enjoyed by everyone, whether it’s a family dinner, a catch up with friends, some ‘me time’ or one of life’s big events. Because the truth is there’s real heart in every glass we make.
Set in the picturesque rolling country in Henderson Valley, the Babich Cellar Door has one of the loveliest vineyard views in Auckland and we are open 6 days a week.
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