The second visit to Mazuran’s now, a few weeks ago I chatted with Rado ( Senior ) and today with his youngest of three sons, also called Rado Hladilo. It was great to meet him and see the determination first hand to make sure this vineyard, established in 1938, does not suffer the fate of so many others.
There are a couple of things which amaze me about this vineyard. Firstly that all the fortified wines produced here are from the grapes grown on the site – it seems that this is a rarity in West Auckland now, and secondly that Vintages from 1942 through to 1991 are available off the shelf! Perhaps one day I will get the 1958 Vintage. Throughout this time the labels have remained virtually unchanged.
As I write this, I am enjoying a glass ( or two ) of the 2005 Directors Port. This winery has won many awards through the years – but this Port won a Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Fair 2005 – the only in the world to do so – despite entries from all over the world, including the home of Port. Portugal !
A true West Auckland wine.
Today started out with a bit of a hunt for the location of Paul Groshek’s Muaga Vineyard and in particular the underground cellar. I was so intrigued by the stories I have read about this ingenious man – especially as told by Dick Scott in his excellent book ” Fire On The Clay”, which I managed to find recently. Stopped in to chat with Steve Sapich ( Sapich Wines ) as I noticed that the small shed set in amongst his vines ( which I wanted to photograph when the vines next looked their best ) looked to be collapsed, which apparently happened in the past week as a result of the extremely high winds. [ What I did not realise was that this was in fact made of polystyrene and formed part of the set for Vintner’s Luck, the movie … ] Steve was able to give me a general direction to the Groshek property. I did find the house, which has now had a modern annexe. The current owners could not assist with the location of the cellars – something which they were happy to allow further investigation. Would be great if I could get someone who had visited this vineyard in its prime, to have a look. I look forward to taking the owners up on the invitation of come back and photograph what remains of the homestead.
Paul Groshek was my Godfather. I lived at the Candia Road property with the Zaremba family until I was eighteen years of age. I’d be happy to assist you locate the cellars but I live in Western Australia. There’s a good chance I’ll be back in West Auckland early this year.
Thanks so much for your comment and especially the offer of assistance. I have met with the new owners of the property who were not aware of the existence of the vineyard so were not able to provide any clues. Whenever I visit my parents ( at least every couple of weeks ) I drive past your Grandfather’s property and wonder again whether there might be anything left of the old cellar.
Please let me know of any plans to come here as I would value any opportunity to meet and discuss your time on the property.
I lived on Paul Grosheks property for 15years
I don’t know much about the history but I know where the cellar is and that this property was occupied by an unwelcome entity.
That sounds so intriguing … thanks for the phone number ( removed ) Would you be open to a call to discuss sometime ?
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
Hi please contact me via my email if you wish as I visited the site of Muaga vineyard today and saw the cellars. It was quite an amazing experience.