Our place

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An attitude of adventure and a great sense of fun.


Kono is located in Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our country is defined by the beauty of its landscapes and the warmth of its people. Known for its dramatic mountain ranges and miles of pristine coastlines, it is a place of creativity – unbound by convention. We have a strong attitude of adventure and a great sense of fun.

The unique climate, varied geography and soil structure combined with a deeply passionate connection to the land contributes to diverse and sophisticated styles across the wine growing regions.

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One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s sunniest and driest regions, Marlborough has great synergy of climate and soil – one of the finest areas in the world to grow aromatic wines.  

We enjoy the complexity of the maritime influence of warm summer days, clean sea breezes and crisp nights. The lengthy dry autumn provides ideal conditions for the slow ripening of grapes and a superb intensity of fruit flavours.

Winemaker's philosophy

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Kono wines are a true expression of the region’s stunning terroir. Chief Winemaker Bruce Taylor believes a wine should encapsulate a place and time. As a wine is different from year to year and place to place, it is important to fully express those differences – creating authentic wines that are vibrant and crisp.  

Our grapes are harvested from select vineyards which each bring their unique flavour profile. The fruit is kept cool to preserve the vibrant flavour before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  

Our focus has been producing wines with pure, fruit flavours and incredible aromatics which have won praise from consumers and critics globally. 




Our precious natural resources are our life force.


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Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is one of the core values that directs our business and our relationship with our environment. We are collectively responsible for protecting and enhancing our precious natural resources that are our life force.  Our grapes are grown with the soil knowledge passed down from our Māori tupuna (ancestors).  

We have a deep and inextricable connection to the land, to prosper, our environment must be well and healthy, full of life and vitality.

The concept of 'caring' for our lands as well as their rich and fertile condition create wines of personality and purity.

We adhere to the strictest of standards. Our vineyards and winery are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) was established in 1997 to help the industry elevate their performance in environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. Today the SWNZ sets standards for vineyards and wineries that help preserve the environment and increase the quality of our wines. The group also manages communications with the public on the evolution and impact of our industry.