About Us

Wine Diamonds New Zealand is a partnership between the founders of Wine Diamonds Japan and wine bar and shop operator Dan Gillett. We import and distribute select wines of a common vein throughout New Zealand.

WE BASE OUR PORTFOLIO ON THREE MAIN CRITERIA:

I In the vineyard - a focus on sustainably farmed wines made with minimal intervention. Must be farmed either organically or biodynamically.

II In the winery - a focus on wines made with absolute minimum intervention in the winery. Wines must be made without any additions during the winemaking process. This includes introduced yeast, acid, tannin, enzymes, sulphur dioxide or any other chemical addition. The wines are not ‘taken from’ or subjected to any modern technology or processes. Oak usage is minimised allowing maximum expression of fruit. 

III In the bottle - finally, a focus is made on wines with the absolute least done to take them to bottle. This means no fining or filtration and wines are bottled with either zero or the absolute minimum sulphur dioxide or preservative possible. We aim for zero but allow a minimal amount for bottle stability/temperature resistance. 

BACKGROUND

Wine Diamonds Japan was formed in Tokyo in April 2012 with the mission of introducing Japan to a wave of new and exciting wines being produced in Australia and New Zealand. It is a partnership between New Zealander and long-time wine importer Carl Robinson, Master of Wine Ned Goodwin M.W., Japan’s only Master of Wine, Ken-Ichi Ohashi M.W., and Japan’s largest online wine retailer, Yoshi Washitani.