Located in the small rural settlement of Kumeu, 20 km northwest of Auckland City, Kumeu River Wines was founded in 1944 by the Brajkovich family – highly respected pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry. Today, the estate is internationally recognised as a producer of a range of world-class wines, and a benchmark for non-Burgundy produced Chardonnay.
The estate encompasses 30 hectares of vineyards, which are predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. These soil types retain sufficient water at depth, meaning irrigation is not required - a factor critical to the quality of Kumeu River’s grapes. Yields are kept low, and all fruit is harvested by hand. The white grapes are whole-bunch pressed, which although time consuming, gives the best quality results. The reds are destemmed and crushed gently before fermentation. Relying solely on the array of indigenous yeasts that are present in the vineyard, no commercial yeasts are added.
Vintage after vintage, Kumeu River delivers stunning New World wines with Old World elegance, reflecting the unique combination of environmental influence and the skill and dedication of three generations of the Brajkovich family.