Nobilo

It all began in 1943, when Nikola Nobilo, having arrived in New Zealand from Croatia, planted his first vines and began to turn a dream into reality.

Combining over 300 years of family winemaking tradition with innovative approaches to winemaking and viticulture, Nikola was an early champion of premium New Zealand varietals.

Today, winemaker David Edmonds continues his passion, selecting premium grapes from Nobilo vineyards to craft pure classic wines of distinct regional character.

From Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and beyond, Nobilo vineyards span New Zealand. Care has been taken to plant vines in the most welcoming spots—valleys with ample sunlight, rolling hills with ideal soil characteristics—ensuring grapes benefit from the best that these wine-growing regions have to offer.

Nobilo Regional Collection and Nobilo Icon wines are internationally acclaimed, especially classic Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which has received numerous awards and accolades over many years.

Winemaker

David Edmonds - Winemaker

David Edmonds was born in Wellington, New Zealand the same year the first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in Marlborough. As a child, David spent a lot of time visiting the wine district just north of Wellington with his parents. It was during those family outings in which is his interest in grape-growing and winemaking took root.

After earning a degree in horticulture science at Christchurch's Lincoln University, Dave headed up to Hawke's Bay on the North Island for his first vintage. He still wasn't quite sure whether he wanted to pursue viticulture or winemaking; by lunchtime on his first day, though, he was hooked on winemaking.

David joined Nobilo in 2002 and his passion is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. He has developed a personal connection and in-depth knowledge of the flavour profiles of Nobilo vineyards throughout the region.

Our History

In 1936 when war threatened their native Croatia, Nikola and Zuva Nobilo decided to start over and move to New Zealand, a country nearly halfway around the world. When they boarded a ship to begin their long passage, they left behind nearly everything they owned. With one exception, they brought with them more than 300 years of winemaking tradition.

As it turns out, that tradition coupled with hard work was everything they needed to succeed in their new homeland. In 1943, they planted some of New Zealand’s first commercial vines at Huapai, west of Auckland.

It wasn’t easy at first. Laws didn’t favor the wine industry, and New Zealanders didn’t drink wine with meals the way Europeans did. Nikola stuck to it, making all his equipment by hand and supporting his family by farming. He also successfully lobbied the government to change the country’s liquor laws to allow wine to be served with food in restaurants.

By the 1970s, Nikola was a successful winemaker who helped lead the move from hybrid grapes to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. He also worked on developing new winegrowing regions-most notably Marlborough. In 1994, Nikola was awarded an Order of the British Empire medal for his contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.

Wine Awards

  • Nobilo Icon Chardonnay 2001 (Liquorland Top 100 2002, Top 100)
  • Nobilo Icon Chardonnay 2002 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Nobilo Rose Tree Cottage Chardonnay 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • Nobilo Station Road Chardonnay 2004 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Nobilo Wines Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Nobilo Wines Selaks Premium Selection Chardonnay 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Nobilo Wines Orca Bay Rosé 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Nobilo Five Fathoms Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Nobilo Orca Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Nobilo Wine Group Southern Rivers Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Nobilo Wine Group Orca Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Nobilo Wine Group Selaks Founders Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Nobilo Wine Group The Jibe Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Nobilo Southern Rivers Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2008)