Our Story

Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, both Geisenheim University Viticulture & Oenology graduates from Germany established SCHUBERT WINES in 1998.

Having worked with winemakers like Erni Loosen of Dr Loosen Estate in Germany as well as in various vineyards across the world, their dream had always been to set off around the world in search of the ideal place to plant and produce their true passion – Pinot Noir. After travelling through regions like Oregon, California, Australia and parts of Europe, it wasn’t until arriving in Martinborough in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand that Kai and Marion felt they had found what they were looking for.

In spring of 1998 they acquired a small established vineyard in Martinborough and 40 hectares of bare land in East Taratahi, just north of Martinborough, followed by plantings from scratch in 1999 and 2000.

SCHUBERT’S philosophy is to craft wines of uncompromising quality that would stand out alongside the finest in the world. 14 hectares of wines are closely planted in the traditional, European style and the unique climate produces low yields. As a result they have been quick to capture the attention of connoisseurs and critics alike for their alluring, internationally award winning wines of outstanding character, complexity, balance and grace.

With about 90% the majority of the production is exported to currently 40 countries.

Searching for the perfect terroir and conditions for viticulture, especially for Pinot Noir, Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, both  graduates of the German Viticulture and Oenology University in Geisenheim, travelled the world. Their voyage took them to wine regions in France, Germany, Oregon, California, South America and Australia.

Here they found the perfect climate and conditions for producing low yields and excellent quality grapes. Since 1998 Schubert Wines have been growing and producing wines with intense and complex character that are now nationally and internationally award winning.

The 'Home Block' vineyard in Martinborough, Wairarapa: almost 2 hectares on free draining soils with Terenikau Silt Loam over old river gravels were planted with various clones of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau. The vineyard was originally planted in 1989. Some vines still are ungrafted on their own roots.

Marion’s Vineyard is located north of Martinborough on a terrace of East Taratahi on Dakins Road. 12.5 hectares on free draining soils with Alluvial Loam over old river gravels were planted mostly in 1999 and 2000. 80% of the vineyard holds red varieties, predominantly Pinot Noir. Currently we grow 8 different clones of Pinot Noir, including the prominent Dijon clones. A Small block of Syrah is planted next to the rocky edge towards the Ruamahanga River. White varieties are mainly Sauvignon Blanc but also a little Pinot Gris is grown here.

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