Schubert Wines is the dynamic vision of Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling both graduates of the esteemed Viticulture and Oenology University in Geisenheim, Germany. Both Kai and Marion were born and raised in Germany. Kai had the experience of working for the acclaimed winemaker Erni Loosen of Dr. Loosen Estate. Whilst Marion had grown up amongst vines at Lake of Constance and had worked at wineries in the Baden region.
Kai and Marion had always dreamed of establishing their own vineyard one day. They travelled the world in pursuit of Pinot Noir with the idea of having their own vineyard and to produce wines of uncompromising quality.
From this dream they searched many regions around the world through the US, Europe and Australia to finally arrive in Martinborough, New Zealand. In Martinborough, in the region of Wairarapa on New Zealand’s North Island they felt they found what they were searching for. Martinborough was a small town of Pinot Noir winemakers that were gaining worldwide recognition at the time, this is what caught Kai and Marion’s attention.
In 1998 they purchased a small established vineyard in Martinborough and 40 hectares of bare land just a little up north in the East Taratahi sub-region. Here they planted the vines of their dreams in the form of Pinot Noir and also some other varieties. By European standards a fairly young vineyard, these vines have shown promise since the beginning. They have created an outstanding range of wines that are now world renowned.
Number of people?
5 people keep the business running year round.
How many cases do you produce?
We are a small family owned vineyard and winery. We have 14.7 hectares under vines and are producing around 5.000 cases per year with exports to 37 international markets.
What’s your signature wine?
Our signature wine is the Pinot Noir as it was our dream. We have two Pinot Noirs: Marion’s Vineyard which is more feminine while the Block B is more masculine, as the first one reflects more Marion’s winemaking style as the second one reflects more Kai’s style.
What makes your winery special?
We keep the European background which makes us different from the local kiwi style.
What makes your region special?
It’s the region with the smallest wine production (2%), but with the highest concentration of wineries (9%) in New Zealand. Martinborough is known worldwide as the new Burgundy as we have more or less the same climatic characteristic. Martinborough produces less than 3% of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir.
Most memorable winemaking moment?
Probably when we bottled the first vintage: only 750 bottles.
Winery do or cat?
Miss Paula is Marion’s cat. She spends lots of time with us in the office and tasting room and is very bossy.
Hot spots in your region?
Cape Palliser is the best place for a nice day on the coast. You can look at the seals, dive for some crayfish or Paua or just relax. Martinborough is also renowned for TOAST Martinborough which is a wine festival that takes place in November each year.
Otherwise we have the Harvest Festival which is held on the Cliffs, in Gladstone and if you love trekking you should visit the Tararua Forest Park.