Henderson- The Croatian Connection


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.

Babich cellar door, Henderson
Babich cellar door, Henderson

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.

Babich vineyard, Henderson
Babich vineyard, Henderson
Babich vineyard, Henderson
Babich vineyard, Henderson

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.

Pleasant Valley Wines, Henderson
Pleasant Valley Wines, Henderson
Pleasant Valley Wines cellar, Henderson
Pleasant Valley Wines cellar, Henderson

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.

Sapich Bros cellar door, Henderson
Sapich Bros cellar door, Henderson
Sapich Bros vineyard, Henderson
Sapich Bros vineyard, Henderson

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. 

Mazuran's, Henderson
Mazuran's, Henderson
St Jerome, Henderson
St Jerome, Henderson
St Jerome vineyard, Henderson
St Jerome vineyard, Henderson
Artisan cellar door, Henderson
Artisan cellar door, Henderson
Artisan vineyard, Henderson
Artisan vineyard, Henderson
Artisan vineyard, Henderson
Artisan vineyard, Henderson
Landmark winery, Henderson
Landmark winery, Henderson
Delegats winery, Henderson
Delegats winery, Henderson
Delegats winery, Henderson
Delegats winery, Henderson

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