The Origin

The Pioneers

The Brandy

The Curator

A Gallery of History

The New Zealand wine industry has a colourful history dating back over 200 years. The first grapevines were planted in 1819 by missionary Samuel Marsden decades before New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. He said “New Zealand promises to be favourable to the vine as far as I can judge at present of the nature of the soil and climate. Should the vine succeed, it would prove of vast importance in this part of the globe.”  The plantings were relatively recent given that Europe had been growing grapes and making wine centuries before. It is ironic that this last bastion of the wine world has proved that it can produce some of the best wines on the planet!  This gallery presents a few photos of the journey.