Viticulture and WINE-MAKING

Karikari Vineyard focuses on traditional methods of viticulture and uses sustainable wine-growing practices in order to minimize the effects on the local environment.

All blocks are hand harvested giving almost full control on what is picked. All aspects of canopy management are closely monitored to determine what has the greatest value and quality return. It is important to ensure all grapes arrive at the winery clean, ripe and packed full of flavor.   


Sustainable WINE-GROWING practices

Karikari’s winery culture is a judicious blend of technology, practical science, ancient craft and nature. For the first time in 2008 indigenous yeasts were engaged in fermentation.

The aim is to produce the best wines possible without compromise, with the natural inclinations of the site and its vines making a principal contribution. 

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
— Paulo Coelho, Brida

What We've Achieved

See below our accolades and awards we have won for our current vintages, that we are selling. 

  • Karikari Estate Toa Iti 2008 - Bronze Medal 2011 Upper North Island Challenge

  • Karikari Estate Pinotage 2012 - Bronze Medal 2015 Bragato Awards, Michael Cooper 2016 review 4 stars

  • Karikari Estate Pinotage 2013 - Pure Bronze Medal 2015 Air NZ Wine Awards, Bronze Medal 2016 San Francisco International Wine Show

  • Calypso Chardonnay 2013 - Bronze Medal 2015 Bragato Awards, Bronze Medal 2015 NZ International Wine Show

  • Karikari Estate Syrah 2013 - Michael Cooper 2016 review 4 1/2 stars, Bronze Medal 2016 San Francisco International Wine Show

  • Calypso Rose 2014 - 90 points from Cameron Douglas 2016

  • and many more to come