In 1630, Hans’ ancestor Heinrich Herzog wears a ring bearing the Herzog crest when he presses it into wax, sealing an agreement to purchase a hillside vineyard towering over Switzerland’s Rhine Valley.

The Herzog’s have lived in this region for generations. First mentioned in the church almanac of 1482, they are farmers, tending their animals and modest vineyards clustered around the villages of Thal and Rheineck in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Growing vines, even then flows deep in the blood of Hans Herzog.

He found the perfect conditions in Marlborough and bought a precious plot of land, originally been an apple orchard, in 1994. He planted the first vines in 1996 and the winery was built in 1998, right in time for the first vintage to commence.

The boutique estate and restaurant is now widely acclaimed as one of the best in New Zealand.

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