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Toasting a century of excellence: Babich Wines to celebrate one hundred years


Since the first bottle of Babich Wine was produced in 1916, the Babich Family has been known as a leader and innovator of the New Zealand wine industry. Now, almost 100 years later, this West Auckland based company is gearing up to celebrate their centennial anniversary in 2016.

Preparations are in full swing to mark this milestone. Kicking off early 2015 the multi-award winning brand will be running an international media and marketing campaign across New Zealand and all of their export markets. This campaign will incorporate an extensive global PR drive that will be supported by 100 year promotional activity, the release of limited edition wines and Babich hosted events in major cities around the world. Plans are also in place to give the Babich Cellar Door in Henderson Valley a facelift and special West Auckland 100 year promotions will be run through The Trusts retail stores.

“The business has been the livelihood of three generations and is extremely successful both in New Zealand and globally,” says John Lang, Babich Wines Sales & Marketing Manager. “The New Zealand wine industry is often thought of as a young industry, so to be talking about 100 years of experience is quite significant. Babich Wines demonstrates ‘excellence through experience’ by producing quality wines that stand up to the very best the world has to offer.”

Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, agrees that the centenary is an important milestone, 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.”