Our Journey to Kina Beach Vineyard
Since December 2011, Kina Beach Vineyard has been owned by Karin Schoch and Achim Bauer, two wine and New Zealand aficionados, who now divide their time between Europe and New Zealand.
Their passion for wine and dream of finding the ultimate place of wonder has taken them around the many corners of the wine-growing world, including Morocco, South Africa, Canada, the United States and down to Chile. In fact, it was in the South of Chile, while stranded at an airport, that Karin and Achim stumbled across a for-sale advertisement for Kina Beach Vineyard.
‘To be honest, it was love at first sight and we knew the moment we saw the ad that this was the place,’ says Achim. ‘But we wanted to get to know the owners and people, who work here, get a feel for the land and its possibilities before we made the final decision. After many days wondering through the estate and just as many nights deliberating accompanied by superb Kina Beach wine, our head told us what our heart had known from the beginning – this is the place we want to be.’
Kina Beach Vineyard was established on an old apple orchard in 1998 and released its first wine in 2003. Since then Kina Beach wines have received many silver and gold medals, 5 star ratings and awards. But more importantly, Kina Beach wines have won a strong and loyal follower community, starting with a select group of fine restaurants in New Zealand, who stock Kina Beach wines with pride.