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BABICH

Babich sits with Villa Maria as one of New Zealand's largest family-owned wine companies, and with a great succession plan in place, this local institution looks set to remain in family hands for many years to come.

The wide range of wines Babich produce come from all corners of New Zealand, but the majority are produced in Hawkes Bay, and it's from there that we find the names we've come to love over the years. The Irongate red and white are iconic New Zealand wines, a labour of love, with both expressions showing an impressive degree of complexity and character.
LOCATION
Henderson Valley, Auckland
CELLAR DOOR HOURS
Monday - Friday: 09.00am - 5.00pm
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Metro Top 100 Winner

Adam Hazeldine

Adam, the youngest in a family of 4 children, was born and raised in West Auckland. He grew up loving the west coast beaches (his grandad had a bach at Bethells), and a keen hunter (his dad was a relocated country boy).

The sciences held Adam's interest most during his school years so it was natural for him to follow them in his tertiary studies. He landed a job as production supervisor with a biopharmaceutical company but after a couple of years realised his heart was not in it, so jumped at the opportunity to follow a friend overseas, spending a couple of years based in London. This coincided with him deciding that perhaps he'd drunk enough beer; wine became his preferred beverage.

He returned from Europe in 1995 aged 26 years and a bit lost, panicking about what he would do with his life. Through an acquaintance of a friend he secured a vintage job at a small winery just south of the Bombay Hills (De Redcliff – Hotel du Vin $10 per hour, flat rate), worked some stupidly long hours but for some reason thought: “this is the job for me”.

After a short month or two at Coopers Creek, he applied for a permanent Cellar Hand job at Babich Wines in 1996 and got it. He has worked the cellar floor, wine shop, run the laboratory, and been the Assistant Winemaker. Since 2002, he has been Chief Winemaker at Babich Wines.

Adam lives in the Waitakere Ranges with his wife Andie, kids Nate and Lucinda, 3 old cats, and 4 young chooks.

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