George Mazuran arrived in New Zealand in 1926, from Croatia, and bought a large area of land behind Lincoln Road, Henderson in 1938 where the first vintage was harvested 4 years later. The difficulties encountered selling his wine post World War II, inspired Mazuran to become an advocate for the sale of wine and initiated his long career as a political lobbyist. His strong conviction for justice saw Mazuran become one of the most successful lobbyists in New Zealand politics and in 1971 he was awarded the OBE for his services to the wine industry. Chairman of the Wine Institute of New Zealand 1979 - 1980. Made fellow of the Wine Institute of New Zealand 1982. In 2005, Mazuran's contribution to the New Zealand wine industry was further acknowledged with a place amongst the inaugural inductees into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.

George Mazuran (with wife Florence), after receiving the O.B.E. from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace, 2nd November 1972.

George Mazuran (with wife Florence), after receiving the O.B.E. from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Buckingham Palace, 2nd November 1972.

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Wine barrels

"The moment you arrive at Mazuran's you realise you have come to a very special place. On one side of the intimate cellar door there are well-ordered shelves of sherry, port and wine. While the other is filled with pictures and memorabilia sharing the lives of the Mazuran family, which has been making fortified wines in this place for generations. The sweet smell of port lingers in the air and you know you will not leave without tasting the fruits of their labours.

Now run by Rado Hladilo (who was voted Winemaker of the Year at the 2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition) and his sons Rado and Antony, it remains the only New Zealand winery to distill its own grape brandy for fortifying its wines, many of which are made using the juice from grapes planted in 1938.

The Mazuran sherries are made in the off-dry Amontillado style, while there is a full range of Tawny, Ruby and Vintage ports from which to make your selection. If seeking a real treat, you may consider a bottle or two of vintage port from stocks that go back as far as 1942. If the price of these rare wines has you looking for something more recent, you will not be disappointed because all are made to a very high standard.

The family is very proud of its success at competitions and will happily explain the origins of the medals and trophies, some of which date back to the mid-1950s. Antony has described Mazuran's four double-golds at the 2008 San Fransisco International Wine Competition as their own 'Olympic medals'.

There is pride aplenty at Mazuran's, but sharing that with visitors and taking them through the fascinating world of fortified wines clearly still brings them great satisfaction". - Kerry Tyack - Wine Judge New Zealand.

multi award winners since 1953 

 

 

MAZURAN'S PREMIUM NEW ZEALAND WINES

Mazuran's wines are produced from grapes grown in Kumeu Auckland, Gisborne, Marlborough and Central Otago.  

Grapes are hand harvested each vintage to allow for high quality yields ( Mazuran's wines are made in the vineyard )

 

VINEYARD AREAS

Kumeu Auckland - One of New Zealand's oldest wine pioneering regions, Kumeu has warm and relatively humid

summers, clay soils and layered sandstone ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah.

Gisborne- This unique region provides great growing conditions with long sunshine hours, fertile soils and endless 

access to water, ideally suited to Chardonnay and aromatic wines such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.

Marlborough- A combination of a cool yet high sunshine climate, low rainfall and free draining, moderately fertile soil 

produces uniquely vivid wines.

Central Otago- The world's most southerly wine region producing velvety Pinot Noir and excellent aromatic wines.

 

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Rado Hladilo winemaker and viticulturist

Mazurans Vineyards grape picking vintage from the 1950s

Mazurans Vineyards grape picking vintage from the 1950s

Pioneer winemaker George Mazuran OBE JP at the winery cellar

Pioneer winemaker George Mazuran OBE JP at the winery cellar

Vineyards and orchards at Mazurans 1960s

Vineyards and orchards at Mazurans 1960s

With fellow viticulturist Albert 1960s  

With fellow viticulturist Albert 1960s
 

Original Mazurans wine cellar 1940s

Original Mazurans wine cellar 1940s

Mazurans Vineyards grape picking vintage from the 1950s

Mazurans Vineyards grape picking vintage from the 1950s