The Winery and Vineyard
Johanneshof Cellars is a small artisan boutique winery producing wines from hand harvested grapes only sourced from their vineyards and growers in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island.
It is jointly owned and operated by Edel Everling a fifth generation winemaker from Ruedesheim, Rheingau, Germany and Warwick Foley from Marlborough. Both winemakers trained in the world-famous wine area of Rheingau in Germany, where Edel studied for her degree in viticulture and oenology at Geisenheim University while Warwick was a guest student there. They continued to work for renowned wineries in Germany and New Zealand before setting up Johanneshof Cellars in 1991.
Warwick and Edel make all wines on site combining the traditions of the art of winemaking with modern technology. Their principals are to crop at a very low level to enhance fruit quality and flavours, harvesting the grapes prodomantly by hand and interfering as little as possible with vines and wines. The estate vineyard is close-planted in European tradition and not irrigated. The winery is build multi-levelled to utilise gravity rather than pumping wines. A modern laboratory ensures control of fermentations but is not seen as a substitute to regular organoleptic evaluations of the wines.
Johanneshof’s adoration for Europe’s century old wine culture led Edel and Warwick to establish New Zealand’s first underground rock cellar tunnelled into solid sandstone, 50 meters long and 20 meters deep underground.
The Underground Cellar Established 1993
The cool, stable temperature and high natural humidity of this unique cellar provide ideal storage conditions to allow the maturation of wines in French Barriques and German barrels. In this traditional cellar Johanneshof’s flagship wine, the Methode Traditionnelle ‘EMMI’ is fermented in its bottle and aged on its yeast lees for more than five years.
Johanneshof Cellars is also well known for its Rieslings, fruity and Germanic in style and has won numerous awards for Sauvignon Blanc and Aromatic varieties. Just in the last few years, Johanneshof has won six Trophies and 7 Gold medals in different shows for Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
The Pinot Gris made in a dry Alsace style gained the only 5 star rating in the ‘Cuisine’ Magazine’s first ever NZ Pinot Gris tasting in December 2000, continued to be placed in the top 3 ratings. The vintage 2001 won a Silver Medal in the London International Wine Challenge. The latest accolade being the Trophy for “Champion Pinot Gris of Show” in the 2004 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Awards.
In the same competition the 2003 Johanneshof Noble Late Harvest Riesling won the Trophy for “Champion Sweet Wine of Show”.
The Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2004 was voted “Best NZ Aromatic White wine” and “Top NZ Gewurztraminer” (for the second consecutive year) by Cuisine Magazine, May 2005, issue 110.
In the Air NZ Wine Awards (Nov. 04) the 2004 Johanneshof Gewürztraminer was awarded one of only two Gold Medals from 52 Gewürztraminer entries, also Gold Medal and Trophy winning “Champion Gewurztraminers of Show” at 2005 Royal New Zealand Easter Show, March 2005.
At the 2005 Decanter World Wine Awards in London this wine received top honours with the only Gewurztraminer Gold and “Trophy for International Aromatic White over 10 pounds” as well as “Regional New Zealand Aromatic White over 10 Pounds Trophy”.
The 2003 Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer was awarded a Gold medal at ‘The 2003 Liquorland TOP 100 International Wine Award’ and received the Trophy for “Champion Aromatic Wine of the Show”.
Johanneshof also produces a soft, subtle Pinot Noir and of course a fruity, flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc. The 2004 Sauvignon was awarded Bronze at the Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Awards in Oct. 2004 as did the 2003 vintage in Oct. 2003. While the 2003 Sauvignon Blanc was voted third best Sauvignon in the Australian Small Winemakers Show, Queensland, Nov. 2003, vintage 2004 was winner of Bronze Medal at Royal Easter Show 2005.