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What started as a winemaking venture in Glengarry Road, Auckland has now developed into New Zealand's oldest, and one of the largest, family-owned liquor retailer, with 18 stores throughout the country. Started by Joseph Jakicevich in 1940 Glengarry was New Zealand's first retailer to hold a liquor licence, importing wine from around the world when we were all still drinking locally made 'hock'. Yip, we like to think we changed the way we all drink. This site is an extension of what we already do, and shows, in bouncy, moving bits our great selection of wines, global beer brands and premium spirits, glassware, accessories and gifts. It's not just product-driven, either- there's a tonne of great information here as well.

The site has been designed and based on feedback from our existing online customers so while we think it looks great, it's intuitive and easy to use. Happy roaming.



The commercial and political attitudes prevailing in New Zealand in the post war era were remarkably restrictive and discouraging for the local wine industry but change was on the way. In 1948 the Government created wine-resellers licenses in an effort to assist local winemakers. Josef was quick to see the potential and applied and was granted one of the first two licenses issued in Auckland for the green grocery that he had opened the previous year at the corner of Jervois Road and Blake Street. The license however was very restrictive; retailers were only permitted sell New Zealand wine, they had to stock 12 wines besides their own and were not permitted to sell less than two gallons to a customer the equivalent of twelve 750 ml bottles.

During this period the New Zealand wine industry was dominated by sherry, port and any number of other fancifully named concoctions. Table wine was very much in the minority although as Jak recalls his grandfather made light red wine for the family table.



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All prices are stated in New Zealand dollars inclusive of goods & services tax (GST). Alcohol is supplied under our licence which can be viewed here. In order to purchase alcohol you must be over 18 years old and legally entitled to do so. All transactions are subject to this and all our other Terms and Conditions, which can be viewed here. Please note that your web browser must have cookies and javascript enabled in order to use all of the features of this website, including online shopping.

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