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.
Just some of Johanneshof's Accolades
Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer has been elevated from a “Classic NZ Wine” to a “Super Classic New Zealand Wine” by prominent wine writer Michael Cooper in his ‘Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to NZ Wine 2012 & 2013’ highlighting consistency of excellence over at least five vintages.
“CHAMPION PRODUCER OF THE SHOW” (jointly awarded) – Spiegelau International Wine Competition August 2013
Recipient of Inaugural ‘Marlborough Museum Legacy Award’ - The Marlborough Wine Show Nov 13, Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2012-2010-2006
Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012: Trophy & Gold – Marlborough Wine Show Oct 2013, Trophy & Gold – NZ International Wine Show, Sept 2013, Trophy & Gold – Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Aug 2013, 5 Stars – Michael Cooper June 2013, 5 Stars – Raymond Chan Wine Review May 2013, 5 Stars 93/100 Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine March 2013, 5 Stars Wine Orbit March 2013, 4 Stars 91/100 Bob Campbell May 2013, 4 Stars Best of New Zealand – Winestate Australia 2012/2013, Pure Silver – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Silver – Marlborough Wine Show Oct 2012
Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2013: Gold Medal - Speiglau International competition 2014, 5 Stars Raymond Chan, 5 Stars, Top Equal NZ Wine magazine Aromatics tasting, 4½ Stars Cuisine Magazine
Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2014: Gold Medal NZIWC, Trophy 6 Nations Challenge, Trophy Marlborough Wine show, 5 stars Wine Orbit, Gold and Trophy Royal Easter show, Elite Gold and Trophy Air New Zealand
Johanneshof Pinot Gris 2015: Gold Medal NZIWC