Kennedy Point Vineyard is located on on Waiheke Island. The winery was founded by Susan McCarthy & Neal Kunimura in 1996, when they moved to New Zealand from Hawaii with a passion and determination to produce Bordeaux-style red wines. The winery is named for the Kennedy family who settled the area of Waiheke in the late 1800’s and who still have an ancestral home on the island today.
Neal & Susan were soon joined by Heike Sonnenschein, a backpacking German girl who literally had her baby son rear slung during that first harvest. Neal & Susan have sold the winery to current owner Elizabeth Zhong, but Heike remains as the General Manager. She has become the driving force behind the care shown to the vineyards – growing healthy plants from healthy land.
The wine produced on this property reflects the essence of the land, supporting the team philosophy that great wine happens in the vineyard. Organic viticulture aims to sustain and enhance the fertility and life- supporting ability of the soil by not using chemical fertilizers and sprays. Kennedy Point is fully certified by Organic Farms N.Z. as of August 2010, an organic certification program designed for small producers. In November 2015, Kennedy Point was fully certified by BioGrow New Zealand.
Kennedy Point has 5 hectares, planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir & Syrah. Annual production is around 2,000 cases per year.