At the root of Ohui
Ohui is more than a bottle of wine. Ohui is an actual place, nestled between Pauanui and Whangamata, on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, right next door to Opoutere.
It's a special place, full of special people that come together and produce an exceptional wine. It's also known as a 'place of meeting'.
However, there is no cellar door (or gate), nor a fancy winery here. In fact, it’s largely still a farm, with 2.5ha dedicated to growing Ohui’s grapes. The volcanic soil (similar to that of Waiheke Island), makes it an ideal environment for the vines to thrive, producing a high quality grape, which in turn delivers a flavour that makes our wine unique.
The people of Ohui
Ohui Vineyard, was first planted by the Kimpton family in 2000. It started in the pouring rain, where the family planted the first of the vines - now set in Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The boutique vineyard is now fully established, incorporating certified sustainable practices, and high standards. It employs people who are passionate about producing a quality product that is unique and true to its roots. And true to the sense of Ohui as a place of meeting, the Kimpton's, young and old, still come together to help at harvest time.
It's all done by hand. Reaping the artisan approach to winemaking, and delivering a wine that is synonymous with the Coromandel. It is then passed into the hands of Ohui 's winemaker, Emmanuel Bollinger. His Swiss background captures the essence of his winemaking skills. With his attention to detail and using only the best produce, he is able to create a fine, delicate and full flavoured wine.
Testaments to Ohui include the feedback from a top NZ Sommelier, a Royal Easter Show 2009 silver medal, and of course, our customers who we are grateful for, in supporting Ohui.
With the meeting of land and people, Ohui has come to be one of the finest artisan wineries in the Coromandel.
Ohui proudly supports the protection of the NZ Dotteral. Find out more about these endangered coastal birds here.