Goldie Wines – Waiheke Island


Goldie Wines is the continuation of Goldwater Estate, one of the pioneers on Waiheke Island. Kim and Jeanette Goldwater established Goldwater Estate at Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island in 1978, releasing their first wine, a 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon, which heralded the growth of the island as a significant vignoble. The Goldwater operation outgrew the island and produced their first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in 1992, and merged with Vavasour in 2006 as part of the New Zealand Wine Fund, which in turn was acquired by U.S. wine investor Bill Foley in 2009. The Goldwater family retained the Waiheke Island vineyards which became the basis for the formation of Goldie Wines. In 2011, the Goldie Vineyard and Goldie Wines became part of the Wine Science Faculty of the University of Auckland facilitated by its donation by the Goldwater family for the purposes of practical wine education and research in business form. Gretchen Goldwater and husband Ken Christie operate Goldie Wines under the auspices of the University of Auckland, with Heinrich Storm and Michael Wood making the wines, and the viticulture to the care of Andrew Black. Here my reviews of the latest 2011 and 2010 vintage wines. www.goldiewines.co.nz


  • Goldie Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2011
  • Goldie Waiheke Island Syrah 2010
  • Goldie Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2010

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