The cult of Kumeu River Chardonnay

Posted by Joelle Thomson on

West Auckland is well known for many things, not least its outstanding Chardonnays from Kumeu River Wines, a small winery that's been making a big splash in the world of wine for decades now.


We are thrilled to announce the arrival of winemaker, Master of Wine and master of New Zealand Chardonnay, Michael Brajkovich, in Wellington on Thursday 21 May this year to host a tasting of Kumeu River Chardonnay, which began with humble Kumeu River Chardonnay and has since grown to include the single vineyard range, which began with Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay - named after the founder of this winery, the late Mate Brajkovich; much loved and missed husband of Melba and father of their four children who run the winery today. 

The single vineyard expressions of Kumeu River Chardonnay today also include Hunting Hill Chardonnay and Coddington Chardonnay but wait there's more. The family have now extended their winemaking in Hawke's Bay.

Michael is the eldest, a Master of Wine and Dux of Roseworthy when he graduated from wine school there. His brothers Paul and Milan run the marketing and vineyards, respectively while their sister, Marijana, looks after the business side of things. 

Come along to Regional WInes this May to learn all about Kumeu River Chardonnays; their beauty and their challenges. 

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