The roots of the Rongopai wine story are intertwined with the history of New Zealand’s wine industry. It is a story of the winemaker’s art and pioneering science.
Rongopai started in 1932 in Te Kauwhata, at the home of New Zealand’s first viticulture research station. It was here that the secrets of New Zealand soil were unlocked, and grape varietals that would thrive in the local climate were established. Since then Rongopai’s team of artful winemakers have sought to create “good taste and good feeling”, with the pioneering spirit of the original research station infused into their work. While the winery operations have since moved elsewhere, the results speak for themselves – the Rongopai name remains one of the most cherished and celebrated in New Zealand wine.