There are a band of innovative winemakers who lead the way in New Zealand by exploring different wine styles and varieties from vineyards that are meticulously chosen, immaculately nurtured and hand tended. For the past eight years, Joyce Austin, owner of New Zealand Boutique Wines, has been sourcing these wines from some of New Zealand’s most exciting boutique wine growers. Joyce is a native of Dublin, who moved to Auckland seventeen years ago from where she explores New Zealand’s more than 600 vineyards to bring together a collection of intriguing wines.

The collection represents smaller producers making exquisite wines in limited quantity. It features the estates of GREENHOUGH,  WINGSPAN, WAIPARA SPRINGS, and MUDDY WATER. This includes keenly priced offerings, together with more intriguing styles to keep the excitement in New Zealand growing with wines that surprise. Too much of the same thing and we all get bored!

The collection aims to keep the New Zealand experience constantly evolving. It includes our much lauded Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and offers the widest taste experience of New Zealand in Ireland through the varieties of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, GewÏ‹rtztraminer, Rosé, Pinotage and Syrah. Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand firmly on the international wine map, and now, different styles of this grape – some longer cellaring, some bone dry and gently aromatic; along with the many other varieties now being produced in different regions, are catching the attention of wine writers around the world. This breadth of styles is celebrated in the New Zealand Boutique Wines collection, and this friday 17 June Joyce will be in our shop on Middle Street in Galway if you feel like calling in and trying some wines and picking her brain about anything and everything to do with New Zealand wine!  Joyce will be tasting wines from 5pm. until 8pm.