Producer Profile

Giunta

"Daniel Brennan discovered New Zealand wines at his family restaurant in Philly. His story and wines are all about the people who inspire him, the places he has been. Giunta wines are young and fresh, typically sold straight into restaurants. The name is special to Daniels heritage. It is the family name of his sicilian Great Grandparents and translates to a “good addition to the family”.

- Whanau Imports"

Where The Wines Come From

Whanau

The Whanau Wine Estate, nestled in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, embodies a commitment to sustainable viticulture and artisanal winemaking. Situated amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Wairarapa region, Whanau's vineyards benefit from the region's cool climate and ancient river terraces. Here, amidst rolling hills and fertile soils, indigenous grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling flourish, producing grapes of exceptional quality and character. With a focus on organic and biodynamic farming practices, the estate nurtures its vines with care and respect for the land, ensuring the health of the ecosystem for future generations. In the cellar, minimal intervention is paramount, with winemakers allowing spontaneous fermentations and aging in neutral vessels to showcase the true expression of the grapes and terroir. The resulting natural wines from Whanau are a testament to the region's pristine beauty and rich winemaking heritage, with their vibrant flavors, elegant textures, and a sense of place that reflects the spirit of the Wairarapa region.