What we do
Vintners represent over 30 wine brands from around the world on an exclusive national basis for the New Zealand market. We import from France, Spain, Italy and Australia as well as representing fine wine estates from New Zealand. Our team has a wealth of industry experience including brand marketing, with specific channel management expertise covering the on trade, retail and grocery sectors.
The company prides itself on having strong customer relationships across all sales channels and delivers a high degree of wine knowledge in support of the wineries we represent. Our sales team has huge energy and work hard to deliver professional service in a friendly and courteous manner.
Wine serious but not wine snobs.
Where we began
Although Vintners was incorporated in 2001, its origins date back to 1980 when a group of Auckland businessmen, decrying the lack of quality imported wine to drink, decided to form a consortium to source their own.
Two of those members were the late Mate Brajkovich, founder of Kumeu River Wines and Ross Woolley, founding partner in accounting firm Brown Woolley Graham which has since become Grant Thornton NZ. A company was formed to market the wines locally to defray some of the import costs. This company was Kitchener Wines. Kitchener Wines quickly established itself as a successful distributor of both local and imported wines.
In 1998 a new company, Concerto Merchants Limited, was formed to develop the associated wine interests of Kitchener Wines and those of Perfect Expresso, New Zealand agents for Illy Coffee. This company continued to achieve growth in the New Zealand market until April 2001 where it was decided to form Vintners New Zealand Limited to focus energies on the core business of wine distribution and brand building. Vintners New Zealand was formed by business partners Philip Shepherd and Mark Young, both of whom had considerable experience in the sales, marketing and distribution of premium wine brands in the New Zealand market. Today Vintners continues to be led by Mark Young.
What others say
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day.
- Frank Sinatra
We share the same principles. Value, quality and our people. Vintners are a great company to work with.
- John Lawrence
Boulcott Bistro –Wellington
Great Brands. Great knowledge. Great service. My take on Vintners.
- Chris Upton
O’Connell St Bistro – Auckland
Great wines from New Zealand’s stand out wineries coupled with Vintners outstanding knowledge and service make Vintners a must when writing our wine lists.
- Mark Rose
The Rees Hotel & Apartment – Queenstown