Babich Wines

Babich Wines, Auckland Central: Hours, Address, Babich Wines Reviews: 5/5

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Babich Wines is New Zealand’s most experienced family owned winery. We have been proud producers of fine New Zealand wines since 1916, when Croatian immigrant Josip Babich produced his first vintage. A century on, our family business has three generations of winemaking experience behind it, 13 vineyards in New Zealand’s finest wine regions, and a passion for winemaking as a way of life. We are a global export business (currently exporting to over 50 countries world-wide) but have never lost sight of the importance of family, farming and the winemaker’s craft. We make wines that are worth drinking; wines to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family.
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JimmyJaeger
London, UK17 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
A really warm welcome and personal service. Some of us were new to wines others had plenty of experience! A great selection on offer to taste and a really informative host. Our recommendations from today's list were the Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc and the Headwaters Organic Pinot Noir. It was a beautiful place to sample wine in the sun!
Written August 24, 2017
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sigzag
Peyia, Cyprus1,940 contributions
Jan 2020
Babich wines are well known in Croatia and when we saw that they also produce wines here we had to come for a tasting. Wonderful. The wine tasting was very extensive and informative and yes they tasted so good. We did also have a cheese platter and I must say the goat’s cheese was superb. When I return to New Zealand this place will go on my list for sure. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.
Written January 31, 2020
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Gray's Reviews
Timaru, New Zealand1,395 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Babich wines has become our "must visit" destination when we're in Auckland as it never disappoints.
The wines are wonderful, the service and knowledge from Jake superb and the entire experience of tasting wine in a country atmosphere so close to the city cannot be beaten.
The wines are not expensive either which is a bonus, so yes, we'll be back for more.
Written November 25, 2019
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emelian
Melbourne, Australia1,179 contributions
Nov 2019
Amazed when friends that live in Aukland took us there. Great history and you see how city has engulfed the country side. They certainly make excellent wines and the guy doing the tasting was very informative not only on the wines but on the company and history of the whole area. Several people came in and bought wines while we are there, being so local to the city quite easy to do. Worth a look.
Written November 23, 2019
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ROBERT S
Coquitlam, Canada810 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is a hidden gem. Not a great drive to get here but very worth it. A little oasis close to the city. The secret is that they grow their grapes in other regions. Really good history of the vineyard and the tasting is outstanding. Carol was excellent.
Written November 15, 2019
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Tucson17,467 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We toured here as part of our NZ WinePro all-day trip with John, our guide for this party of 6. We expected, of course, exposure to some mighty fine wines but the unexpected history lesson was the most important thing we took away (besides a bottle or 2 of great wine).

The Babich family are Croatian and trace their migratory roots back to about 1914 and just how did that happen? What prompted these families to make the 11,225 mile trip (as the crow flies) from the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia to the outback of New Zealand? And what about the connection to wine making?

The Croatians have been making wine since the time of the ancient Greeks. With a long history and well-accomplished results, they were no new kids on the wine-making block.

Something of monumental historical significance happened in 1914: WW I reared its ugly head in Europe and, when Austria's Archduke was assassinated in Bosnia, things went from really, really bad to horribly, miserably worse.

Life was pretty much hard-scrabble in the Dalmatians but now starvation-level food shortages and forced military conscription into the Austrian Army stirred the pot of discontent. Croatian losses during WW I ranged from 190,000 to 250,000 civilian and military casualties; in human loss terms, that would have amounted to one in every ten Croatians.

It comes as no surprise that families would scrimp and save and sacrifice to scrape together the ship's fare needed so that their collective 14 year old sons could survive (and flourish). We tried to imagine how those young ones felt, alone on a ship, headed to a strange new land, not speaking the language, and no safety net. Sink or swim.

The up-side is there was quite a bit of "swimming" going on and, in time, vine stock from Croatia made its way along with them. And so it went, from adversity sprung success. Grapes are a lot like that, too. They need rocky poor soil to produce a good grape.

Babich is one of those Croatian success stories. They make an awesome rosé wine and we really liked their Riesling. They also make an Albariño wine (normally its associaed with Spain) that was exceptional, too. We're partial to whites so cannot give a fair review of their reds (although others in our party loved them).

Our group had a private tasting as part of our tour and we also benefitted from the video they showed. This was a fantastic stop. The owners tell us that folks bring a picnic lunch and buy some wine and sit on their beautiful veranda deck to enjoy the gorgeous views. There's this part of my psyche that hopes they have a designated driver. These are not low-octane sippies.
Written March 18, 2019
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Gray's Reviews
Timaru, New Zealand1,395 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was our 3rd visit to Babich over the years and it gets better and better each time. With Jake in action, we had a great time sampling a range of whites and reds, without any pressure to buy or taste anything we didn't want to. There was information given about the wines which in itself was fascinating too but the wines themselves were the real outstanding feature of the visit.
Cellar door prices are the cheapest we've seen on our journeys but the quality of the wines is right up there among the best.
A very enjoyable hour or so.
Written October 5, 2018
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CTREN
New Zealand18 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Went on a wine tour of the winery. Jake was a great guide and the tour was very informative. Highly recommend and great wine. Thanks
Written September 6, 2018
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Denver L
Auckland, New Zealand301 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I had been there for a few times for wine tastings, it wasn't impressive. This time we went there for a wine tour, with tastings, cheese and discount. Holy cow, I wanna be there every week. Thanks Jake for your great idea!
Written July 14, 2018
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ARose
Charlotte, NC912 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We got here just in time before closing (at 5pm) and it was well worth it. I believe we were able to taste what we asked for and their prices for bottles were very reasonable. The staff were all very friendly too. A lot of the other local wine near Auckland runs $30-50 per bottle, but Babich has much more reasonably priced wine and everything we tried was good. If you are in the area, its worth visiting.
Written June 28, 2018
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM