onsite Estate Winery
Hans’ high quality standards are evident in his fully equipped winery where everything, including the old bag press, is designed for the gentle processing of our hand-picked grapes. More than 180 of the finest French oak barrels age the hand-crafted wine in a beautiful temperature controlled barrel room. Special finished stainless steel tanks in sizes as small as 100 liters for special selections are used mainly as fermenters and for blending. Hans never leaves his wines out of sight and his own bottling and labeling equipment guaranties the quality is never compromised. Most of our wines enjoy substantial additional bottle aging in our winery at perfect temperature before they are released. Age-worthy wines, built to last.
Winemaking - Tradition Meets Innovation
Hans’ wines are handcrafted naturally with no nasty additions. We avoid adding yeast, bacteria, acid, enzymes and tannins that are almost universal in today’s wines. Sulphur is added sparingly. The wines are not cold stabilized, not fined and rarely filtered without physical or chemical stabilizations to maintain the great flavours. He releases his wines after ample time to develop and mature in barrel and bottle.
With minimal intervention the red varieties are usually fermented with a slow three week initial fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks or open fermenters. This is followed by malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques
Hans Herzog Wines
Sauvignon Blanc sur lie, Sauvignon Blanc Grande Duchesse, Arneis, Chardonnay, Viognier, Mistral (Viognier, Marsanne & Roussanne), Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris
Spirit of Marlborough (Merlot - Cabernet), Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Grand Duc, Zweigelt, St Laurent, Tempranillo, Saperavi, Carmenere
Sparkling Wines and other handcrafted drops...
Vintage Cuvée Thérèse Rosé Brut Nature and Extra Brut, Botrytis and Amarone style releases, Grappa (Montepulciano)
All for the love of wine...
Hans & Therese Herzog are the stewards of this artisan wine estate acclaimed throughout the world for growing handcrafted wines from their exceptional ‘Grand Cru-like’ organic vineyard. The unique terroir and a ‘hands on’ approach with almost uneconomically low yields sets the bar for outstanding wines rich in varietal character. Hans’ winemaking is traditional, non-interventional and purely natural - letting the grapes work their magic.
Hans is fanatical about quality. With each wine he strives for perfection to fully express the varietal characteristics. Not someone who talks much, he has the firm believe that his wines speak for themselves. Indeed, they made their stance as some of New Zealand’s finest wines and stand proudly in line with the best of the old world.
The famed wines have stolen the hearts of wine lovers all over the world. An amazing collection of rare grape varieties handcrafted in some of New Zealand finest wines.
"The superlative wines need little introduction."
- Gourmet Traveller