Johanneshof Cellars celebrated the 40th anniversary of the planting of their estate vineyard ‘Maybern’ and its 27th vintage as a winery in Marlborough in 2017. The artisan boutique winery is situated near Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, where all wines and Méthode Traditionnelle are produced from hand-harvested grapes.
Johanneshof Cellars is jointly owned by Warwick Foley from Marlborough and Edel Everling, a fifth generation winemaker from the famous wine area Rheingau in Germany where both winemakers trained at Geisenheim University. They continued to work for renowned wineries in Germany and New Zealand before setting up Johanneshof Cellars in 1991.
Johanneshof Cellars is well known for its aromatic varieties and Méthode Traditionnelle, which have won numerous Trophies and Gold medals in wine competitions in London, Australia, China and New Zealand. I.E. Johanneshof Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2005 was awarded “Gold” and “Best in Class” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition IWSC 2006 in London. At Decanter World Wine Awards 2005 Johanneshof Gewürztraminer 2004 received top honors being named ‘Best Aromatic White Wine in the World’ winning “Trophy for Best International Aromatic White Wine”.
Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer is only one of two Gewürztraminer in New Zealand to be named a “Super Classic New Zealand Wine” by prominent wine writer Michael Cooper highlighting consistency of excellence.
Warwick and Edel make all wines on site, following sustainable principals, maintaining very low crop levels, harvesting by hand to enhance fruit quality and flavours, with as little interference as possible with vines and wines. Both vineyard and winery are registered with “Sustainable Wines of New Zealand “.
“Edelbrand” was first released in 2000, and every year a cuvée of our oldest barrels are blended together, still going back to our first vintage in 1991.
Using the ‘solera’ method (an age old Spanish method), part of each barrel is used for the new cuvée and that part replaced in the barrel with spirit from the next oldest barrel which gets topped with the same amount of the next oldest barrel, and so on. This guarantees continuity in age and composition, with our current Edelbrand containing our vintages from 15 years to 28 years old. We will look forward to showing this very unique product at this years Craft’d Wine and Spirits Festival!