Where it all began…
The Julicher family – the founding custodians and our vineyard’s namesake were like a lot of the pioneering families in the New Zealand wine industry. Hard working immigrants who arrived with little and looked to make a big impact with their new life. What they lacked in knowledge they made up for with charm, bloody-mindedness and a lot of No.8 wire.
Wim Julicher got to know the site pretty well as just one year earlier his ambitions of becoming a top quality Olive Oil producer were put on ice (literally). Wim originally planted the Te Muna vineyard as an Olive Grove. The site’s unique aspect made it far too cold for the poor olive trees. Luckily for us, it creates the perfect amount of pressure for the divine struggle required to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Renowned sailors, the Butterworth Family are the new custodians of Julicher Vineyard, planted in the iconic soils of Te Muna. All of our wines are Estate produced, made with a light touch by winemaker and biotechnologist, Martin Bell.
The J-Knot on every bottle, the strongest knot you can tie, is a tribute to our vineyard’s founder, Wim Julicher.