In 1936 when war threatened their native Croatia. Nikola and Zuva Nobilo decided to start over and move to New Zealand, a country nearly halfway around the world. When they boarded a ship to begin their long passage, they left behind nearly everything they owned. With one exception. They brought with them more than 300 years of winemaking tradition.
In 1936, Sonoma County settlers planted what is now our Heritage River West estate vineyard, just behind the property that is now home to our winery.