Kerr Farm Vineyard
Kerr Farm Vineyard is one of the closest Vineyards to Auckland. We produce boutique, estate grown wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon.
We are proud that our Sauvignon Blanc is one of the very few grown in Auckland, and like our other estate grown wines is crafted by our winemaker to enhance the unique characters of the Kumeu heritage grape growing region.
We are not completely organic however we do nurture our vines within the principles of organics and the Sustainable Wine New Zealand group guidelines. Sunshine and gentle breezes on our softly rolling landscape add to our success in achieving the varietal fruit driven flavours and characters in our selective wine production.
Winery tastings: Sat-Sun 11am-6pm
We purchased the vineyard in 1989. Our interest in wine and grape growing was the driving force for us, we were particularly inspired by the potential offered by the Auckland region to produce wine with alternative varietal characters to those of other regions.
At first we concentrated on the bringing the vineyard up to date, we removed old hybrid vines and increased our plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, and Chardonnay. We also added Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah to our vineyard. Much of our crop is still produced from the mature original vines. We understand that our Pinotage vines are some of the very earliest to be established in New Zealand.
1995 was the first year of wine making for Kerr Farm Vineyard. We produced about 900 cases that year and since then have increased our production slowly and steadily to our current output of about 2500.
We decided our wine style should reflect the distinctive Kumeu regional influence and asked our winemaker to make Kerr Farm wines with a predominance of the varietal fruit characteristics. The Auckland area produces wine with somewhat more tropical flavours than other regions of the country.
We are very pleased to have Pinotage, we like to be able to offer something different from the most popular Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
We have been rewarded with medal success in New Zealands major wine competitions and also performed well in tasting and ratings in the most influential food and wine magazines.
Our label too, has created interest and won a gold medal for design and printing excellence in our national printing awards.