Konrad. Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad,
Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad and Carlo.
The Hengstlers originally migrated from Germany to Melbourne in
Australia, where they settled for a period of over 20 years. While travelling
through New Zealand, Konrad discovered Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and was
immediately attracted to this outstanding wine. From that point, the decision
to move to Marlborough and become involved in the wine industry was an easy
The family planted their first vines in 1996 and produce a range
of wines from their two vineyards in the Wairau and Waihopai Valleys of
Marlborough, totalling 40 hectares. Every year, after fermentation, wines from
the two distinctly different sites are used for the blend of Sauvignon Blanc
and Pinot Noir, giving the family the opportunity to maintain the same high
quality and consistent flavours year after year.
The grapes for the Gewurztraminer and the award winning Riesling
are grown exclusively in the Waihopai Valley next to the office and residence.
Quality is the absolute focus of Konrad and it starts in the
vineyard where no corners are cut, and continues in the winery where
‘handcrafting’ is the applied standard. Being a family-run business, control
over quality is truly ‘hands on’. Konrad’s philosophy is ’the best fertilizer
is the foot of the farmer’. Through every day personal involvement, a focus on
quality, and a commitment to reasonable pricing, the result is simple… value
for money for the customer.