BABICH was founded by Croatian born Josip [Joe] Babich who, as a boy of 14, journeyed to New Zealand with his brothers to work in the gumfields in 1910. He planted his first vines in 1912 and made his first wine in 1916 selling it under the name of Babich Brothers. 1919 saw the family move to the Henderson Valley west of Auckland to a 24 hectare property where they planted an orchard and some vines. During the second world war winemaking became the family's major business activity. Joe's sons Peter and Joe Junior joined their father in the 50's and the business continued to expand gradually through the following decades. Babich have come a long way since then and over 100 years later they continue to be family owned, now third generation, and are one of the largest and last truly family-owned wine businesses in New Zealand. Babich now have 320 hectares of vines spread over six vineyards throughout the three main valleys of Marlborough on the South Island, the Wairau, Waihopai and the Awatere. They also have five vineyards in the Hawke's Bay region on the North Island totalling over 87 hectares. But the Henderson Valley winery and vineyard remain their main home, planted predominately to Albariño which thrives on the sandy loam, over underlying clay soils. This where they welcome visitors to their cellar door to try their portfolio of world-class wines. There is a huge emphasis on sustainable and organic farming and in fact, in 1997 their Fernhill vineyard in Hawke's Bay became New Zealand's first sustainably registered vineyard. Babich's philosophy is “For Now For Tomorrow For Good”.