A new book celebrates the Babich family’s 100 years of winemaking.
Issue 3940 12 November 2015
Skilfully written and often very moving, The Next Vintage will appeal to wine lovers as well as those with a general interest in this country’s history, Croatian culture and the profitable, long-term management of family-owned businesses. It’s one of the great New Zealand wine books. Twenty-year-old Josip (“Joe”) Babich made his first wine in the Far North in 1916. Back in Dalmatia, “a land of harsh beauty and subsistence peasant farming … everyone who could, cultivated grapes and made wine”. During the second half of last century, Josip’s sons, Peter, 83, and Joe…