This month, Babich Wines is celebrating its 100th vintage, 99 years after the founder, Josip Babich, produced and bottled his first wine at just 20 years old.
新西兰巴比庄园于本月举行了百年庆典: 距首任庄主Josip Babich 酿造、装瓶他的第一瓶葡萄酒到现在，已经过去了整整九十九个年头。
Babich Wines Managing Director, Joe Babich, expects the historic 2015 vintage to be a good one, although supply could be down across New Zealand due to the dry weather this summer. Grapes are being harvested at their Hawke’s Bay, Auckland and Marlborough vineyards, and to coincide with the delivery of their Hawke’s Bay handpicked Merlot this week (destined for their flagship ‘The Patriarch’ wine) the company will have an internal celebration to toast 100 vintages and reflect on the past。
虽然夏季的干旱造成了新西兰全境减产，巴比庄园的运营总监Joe Babich，表示仍然可以期待，2015这个历史性的年份会是顺遂兴隆的一年。酿酒葡萄分别采收自霍克湾，奥克兰和马尔堡的葡萄园，而人工采摘的梅乐本周即将从霍克湾运至酒庄（用来酿造 “The Patriarch”，酒庄的金字招牌），同时内部庆典活动也将在本周举行，抚今追昔，向过去的一百年举杯致敬。
According to Joe, founder Josip was an honest businessman, whose approach to winemaking was built on integrity, hard work and delivering value to the customer.“Can you imagine today, what it would mean for a 14-year-old boy to leave his parents and join his brothers to earn a living on the other side of the world? This journey was the humble beginnings for Josip, whose honest hard work and determination set the way for generations to come,” says Joe. “His traditional values still guide the business today.
“Babich Wines has been the livelihood of three generations and is extremely successful both in New Zealand and globally. I am very proud of what my father first started all those years ago and we have remained true to his vision ever since by producing quality wines that stand up to the very best the world has to offer.”
To top off the 100th vintage milestone, Joe and Peter Babich were both inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards this month. This comes hot on the heels of Joe being named as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours List.
Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, agrees that the centenary and 100th vintage are important milestones, not just for Babich but also for the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.
‘Babich Wines and generations of the Babich family are exemplars of all that has made New Zealand wine such an inspiring international success story,” says Philip. “From humble beginnings, with hard work, with enormous dedication and with great vision they have built a highly successful wine business. Their individual enterprise has always been coupled with unwavering service to the wider New Zealand wine industry, for which they are applauded and recognised by their peers.’
For more information on Babich Wines, visit www.babichwines.co.nz.