Nobilo Wines began in 1943, when Nikola Nobilo arrived in New Zealand from Croatia with a family-winemaking tradition stretching back over 300 years. Many Croatians were attracted to Marlborough because of its Mediterranean-like climate; dry summers, springs and autumns, and the majority of rain occurring in winter.
The Nobilo reputation was soon built on an innovative approach to winemaking and viticulture; Nikola was also an early champion of premium New Zealand varieties and his influence was so significant that he was awarded an OBE in 1994 for his services to the industry.
In the same year that the first commercial vines were planned for in Marlborough, Nobilo’s Winemaker Dave Edmonds was born, just across the Cook Strait in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.
After winemaking spells in California and Hawke’s Bay, Dave joined Nobilo in 2002 and has since built up a huge reservoir of knowledge of the vineyards, their soil types and the styles of wine their grapes produce. He skilfully applies this knowledge to blend a fantastic array of flavours together, crafting consistent, harmonious and balanced wines.
Nobilo is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand which was founded in 1995 to provide a best practice model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery. Members focus viticultural and winemaking practices to protect the environment while efficiently and economically producing premium wine grapes and wine.