Delegat’s Wine Estate is one of New Zealand’s largest family owned and family managed winemakers, founded by Nikola and Vidosava Delegat in 1947 after emigrating in the late 1930s from what is modern day Croatia. The original vineyard and winery was established in 1947 at Henderson, west of Auckland City. The grapes have long disappeared but the site is still home to today’s modern winery
Delegat’s established among the first vineyards in New Zealands premier wine growing regions, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, and are now regarded as some of the best in the country. The focus on producing a limited range of super premium wines from the grape varieties that thrive in the cool maritime growing conditions of these regions.
Delegat’s Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are grown in red metal and gravel soils in Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island. Their Sauvignon Blanc is grown is on the ancient alluvial river deposits in the world renowned Marlborough region.
The wines benefit from ongoing research, an investment in winemaking and viticultural technology and processes. They were the first New Zealand winery to ferment Chardonnay in a barrel, and continue to use only the best French barriques for Reserve wines, as well as temperature controlled tanks to capture the concentrated cool climate flavours that have made New Zealand wines so popular throughout the world.