Henderson is steeped in history with wineries in the area dating back to the 1900’s. The wineries range in size from boutique artisan winemakers to some of the larger known names such as Babich and Pleasant Valley Wines. Henderson has a huge Croatian culture with the majority of the wineries owned or previously owned by Croatians. Unfortunately the beauty of the Henderson wine scene in the past has now become a place for residential developement and industry, but if you look hard enough, you can still find some gems out west which survive to this day.
Below are some photos of the wineries which boast some of the oldest heritage in the country. The wineries include Pleasant Valley Wines, Babich, Sapich Bros, Mazuran's, St Jerome, Artisan, Landmark and Delegats.
Josip Babich first made wine in 1916 but the big year was in 1919 when Josip and his brothers moved to a 29-hectare property in Henderson Valley, Auckland. Here they planted the first vines that would be the foundation for years to come.
Pleasant Valley Wines has the honour of being New Zealand's oldest family owned winery. The winery is still owned and managed by the Yelas family today. Stepe and Ink manage the winery with the help of their three children Moss, Fiona and Krissy. Today the winery is one of the most important functioning wineries in Auckland City.
Sapich Bros is a beautiful vineyard that looks out over West Auckland towards the city. The winery is mostly known for the cult 'Purple Death' wine that has been loved by locals for decades. The vineyards and cellar door were recently sold to overseas buyers.
Mazurans was established in 1938 by George Mazuran OBE. Mazurans are New Zealands only port wine specialists, producing tawny ports, ruby and white port, vintage port from 1942-2000, white muscat and sherry blends. The company is still family owned and are proud National and International award winners for over sixty years.