Few wineries in New Zealand can claim such a proud winemaking history as Soljans Estate Winery.
Bartul Soljan planted the first Soljan vineyard in New Zealand in 1932 leaving a legacy that has been carried on by his son Frank and then grandson and current owner, Tony Soljan. Today, Soljans represents three generations of winemaking with over 70 years experience.
In 2002 Tony put his own stamp on the family winemaking heritage by realising a lifelong dream to build his own winery. The state of the art winery complex located in Kumeu, West Auckland is the realisation of that dream.
Situated at the gateway to Kumeu Classic Wine Country, the new winery offers a complete winery experience. The vineyard surrounding the winery is planted with Pinotage, Merlot and Pinot Gris but like most Auckland wineries, Soljans winery draws the majority of its grapes from New Zealands major wine growing regions.
The Cellar Door is open for tastings from 9am- 5.30pm, 7 days stocking the full range of Soljans Estate wines. The cellar shop also offers a selection of souvenirs and gourmet food products.
Vineyard and Winery Tours:
Tour groups are welcome by appointment - contact our cellar door staff to make your booking. For groups of 10 or more, we conduct specialised vineyard tours looking at viticultural methods and winemaking techniques which we use to produce our award winning wines. This tour is followed by a tutored tasting of our wines and will take approx 45 minutes to 1 hour. The cost is $12 per person.
The winery vineyard is planted in Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinotage - proven grape varieties that excel in the Kumeu region. Growing grape varieties in the region where they grow best enables us to make the best wines that we can.
Soljans Estate's modern winery has the most up-to-date plant and equipment. We employ modern winemaking techology but still retain some of the traditions as well. In addition to the French Oak Barrique we have for agine wine in, we still have and use 65 year old, 2,250 litre, hand-made, Totara barrels for aging our Founders Tawny Port. History is important to us. Soljans Estate is commited to retaining the best of these for future generations to learn from.
- Soljans Estate Fusion Sparkling Muscat NV (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- SOLJANS BARRIQUE RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
- Soljans Wines Riesling 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
With great indoor and alfresco dining areas Soljans Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy brunch or lunch. Open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast available on the weekends, it is the perfect place to bring family or friends. We serve Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist and the menu changes seasonally enabling our chefs to showcase the fresh, seasonal produce from around the region. Soljans Café is a family-friendly venue, with a dedicated childrens menu and outdoor playhouse to keep our younger guests entertained.