A Sad Day for the Kiwi Wine Industry

The Babich family is mourning the passing of Joe Babich, New Zealand wine industry pioneer, who passed away on 13 January 2022 after a two-year battle with cancer, aged 81.

Joe was born on 10 October 1940 into a winemaking family, with his father Josip having founded Babich Wines in 1916 and in time his brother Peter also working in the business. After initially exploring a pharmacist apprenticeship, Joe decided to join the family winery, where over a 60 year career in the wine industry he built a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most talented and respected winemakers and wine judges.

Joe Babich is survived by his wife, Judy, and son, André and partner Magdalena and their daughter Stella. You can read more about his life and legacy at babichwines.com