About Rongopai Wines

Like the uncurling Koru design on our label, perpetually growing yet always curving back towards its source, Rongopai Wines look both forwards and back. As one of New Zealand’s oldest wine brands, standing for creativity and consistency since 1932, the Rongopai story is one of passion, innovation and excellence.

The fern frond shape of the Koru is a symbol of creation. It connects us to the earth and our sustainable winemaking practices.  And the name Rongopai means “good taste and good feeling” in the Māori language. That’s what we seek to create with every vintage. Good taste, good feeling and a reflection of the vibrant and colourful landscape of New Zealand in which
we plant our vines.

Our story

The roots of the Rongopai wine story are intertwined with the history of New Zealand’s wine industry. It is a story of the winemaker’s art and pioneering science.

It begins in the small, picturesque North Island town of Te Kauwhata, in a building constructed by the New Zealand government in 1902. It’s purpose? To be the country’s first viticultural research station. Here, a pioneering researcher named Romeo Bragato sought to unlock the secrets of the New Zealand soil. His goal? To establish grape varietals that would thrive in the local climate.

Romeo’s groundbreaking endeavours were in the past when the building first saw service as the Rongopai winery. But from 1932 to 2007, as our artful winemakers sought to create “good taste and good feeling”, his pioneering spirit infused their work. And the results speaks for themselves – the Rongopai name is one of the most cherished and celebrated in New Zealand.

The building has undergone extensive restorations, renovations and modern upgrades in its time. While we have moved the winery elsewhere, the Te Kauwhata building is a protected historic site and will stand for many years to come.


As the first wine industry to establish a national sustainability programme, New Zealand has always led the way on giving back to the ground we grow on. At Rongopai, it’s in our very essence. We look back to the way nature once was and forward to the way it can be for future generations. All our vineyards follow established sustainable practices and seek out innovative new ones. Because what’s good for the earth is good for our wine
– and good for tomorrow.



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Today, Rongopai’s established strategic relationships with growers throughout New Zealand continues, ensuring the best wines possible are produced from any given vintage, and to give a broad selection and diverse resource for the Rongopai brand.

In 2007, Babich Wines Ltd took over the Rongopai Wines brand, moving the winemaking to the Henderson site in West Auckland.

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