Hugh Johnson: Babich is a mid-sized family firm, esablished 1916; quality, value. AUCKLAND, HAWKES BAY, & MARLBOROUGH vineyards. Refined, slow-maturing Irongate Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot.
"Wines of the World": Babich has been a big name on the local wine scene since the family petriach, Joe founded the company in 1916. Long regarded as an industry stalwart – albeit a conservative one – Babich has been on a spending spree. In 1998, this medium-sized winery invested in a 40-ha vineyard in Awatere Valley, Marlborough, followed by 65ha in the nearby Waihopai Valley, as well as a quarter interest in Rapaura Vintners in Marlborough. The Patriach & Mara (the family matriach) brands do their namesakes proud, while the Irongate Chardonnay is one of the country's best.
Famous wines: Irongate Chardonnay, Patriach Cabernet Sauvignon, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc