The unexpurgated Memoir of a Passionate Pioneer Winegrower 




Readers Comments and Reviews...

"An extraordinary journey involving great risk, extreme hard work and dogged tenacity.  A "must read" for anyone who has ever felt a twinge of envy for the lifestyle of a winemaker..."   Bob Campbell, MW

"I have recently read your memoir from cover to cover and found it to be a riveting read; funny, informative, and just a rollicking good tale. I not only felt I got to know the Goldwaters as a family but also the wider pioneering whanau of winemaking; when I turned the last page, I felt lonely, all those wonderful personalities so delightfully portrayed.  At times it was like putting a jigsaw together."     Hilary Beaton | Director/CEO | Downstage Theatre

"Wow! What a great story... Really enjoyed reading it."   John Caldwell, Napa Valley, California

"Your story so absorbed me that I read it in a single sitting between an early breakfast and a very late dinner! Thank you."    Lyle Wheeler, Piha, Auckland

"Wonderful, wonderful book - may the great life go on and on!"  Lady Florence Davies, Farndon, Newark-on-Trent, UK


"Goldwater writes competently and often amusingly. He traces the winery's rapid growth via Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, export and merger, offering anecdotes about winemaker's sex lives and the boozy antics of merchants..."   Michael Cooper, Listener, May 18, 2013

“Not only did Kim & Jeanette Goldwater plant and nurture their Waiheke Island vineyard and acquire various others, but they went on to produce some of the best wines made in New Zealand. For over thirty years they put their heart and soul into growing the best vines they could. This is their story – full of ups and downs, pleasure and pain, and ultimately a huge international success story with a fairytale ending. Inspiring reading – especially with a glass of Goldwater wine close to hand.”   Verve Magazine review by Doris of Arcadia Books, Newmarket, Auckland