Kumeu River Wines was established in 1944 when Mick and Kate Brajkovich and their son Mate first came to the small country settlement of Kumeu, about 20 km northwest of Auckland City. The family had migrated from Yugoslavia in 1938 and had been working in the far Northern part of New Zealand digging kauri gum.
After moving to Henderson, in West Auckland, in the early 1940’s, they worked on vineyards and orchards in the area and saved enough money to buy a property with a small existing vineyard at Kumeu. Yields are kept low to improve the concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes, and they harvest all of the grapes by hand. This allows them to remove faulty berries in the field so that quality grapes may arrive at the winery in pristine condition.
The white grapes are all whole-bunch pressed, which is timeconsuming but gives the best quality results. The reds are destemmed and crushed gently before being transferred to fermentation tanks. No yeasts are added, as they rely solely on the indigenous yeasts that are present in the vineyard.
Shipping & minimum orders
Orders are dispatched within 24 hours and delivery typically takes 1-3 days within Australia.
Shipping is free on orders of beer, wine and cider on orders over $200 to major cities or towns as far south as Melbourne and north as the Gold Coast. More about delivery.
* There is a $3 p/bottle surcharge on total orders of less than 12 bottles of wine.
VIP members may qualify for special discounts issued as coupons.