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Roots of Tradition: The Markovina Story

Beyond the breathtaking beauty of the Estate, there is remarkable flexibility and a wealth of experience, enabling the catering to groups of all sizes. The dedicated team is well-versed in orchestrating a wide range of events, making this venue a standout choice for weddings or corporate functions in Auckland.

As a family-owned and operated establishment, there is a deep commitment to excellence. With over 55 years of invaluable industry experience, the legacy speaks for itself.

Our History

Originally from Lumbarda, Korcula, Croatia, Ivan Markovina Sr. moved to New Zealand with his wife and first child. They settled in Whangarei, operating the Marsden Café before relocating to Auckland in 1966. In Kumeū, Ivan Sr. found a serene paradise and began establishing a family vineyard.

Ivan Sr. planted a variety of grapevines, including some from Croatia like Grk. The winemaking was entrusted to Ivan Markovina Jr., who became an expert in the field. Each year, Ivan Jr. entered the estate’s wines into the Easter Show, achieving significant success, including 16 bronze medals and one commended silver in one notable year.

From Vineyard to Wedding Venue

Ivan Jr. and Rina realized the Estate’s potential, hosting events together, with Rina managing catering and Ivan overseeing the bar and spit roast. Their adept hosting quickly made Markovina Vineyard Estate a premier wedding and function venue. Despite changes over time, the family's commitment to reinvesting in the Estate remains steadfast, enhancing its offerings.

While much has evolved, the core ethos of family-run hospitality endures at Markovina Vineyard Estate. Some original grapevines remain, but the majority of the vineyard has been transformed into ceremony locations, gardens, and entertaining areas.

Meet the team

2023 Winner

Markovina Vineyard Estate proudly holds the 2023 Wedding Industry Award for Outstanding Wedding Ceremony Venue, a testament to our commitment to crafting unforgettable moments amidst breathtaking surroundings.


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