There are two things you need to know about the gorgeous New Zealand country town of Te Kauwhata. Firstly, if you’re not from around here you probably just pronounced it wrong in your head; secondly, it’s the home of Invivo Wines.
There’s nothing old fashioned about Invivo, but when we clapped eyes on one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries we just had to make it our own.
Back in 1902 the government built the Te Kauwhata winery to work out if we could even make wine here in New Zealand (spoiler: we can). Total wine legend Romeo Bragato ran the place back then and six years later his wines won New Zealand’s first ever international gold medals.
These days, Rob’s two aims in life are to win more medals than Romeo (tick!) and grow a cooler moustache (working on it). It’s a busy operation, with everything from blending, barrel ageing and bottling happening right here on site. Most days you’ll find Rob and the winemaking team turning grapes from Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne into Invivo and Graham Norton wines for export all over the world.
World domination (in Australia and Italy)
We’re smart enough to know that not every wine is best made in New Zealand. We also love taking long flights in economy class. So we now work with growers and wineries from South Australia to produce Graham Norton’s Own Shiraz and Italy to produce Graham Norton’s Own Prosecco.
INVIVO’s historic winery
Welcome to our-new-to us home, founded in 1902