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Alex Kaufman, a Polish American businessman, entrepreneur and holocaust survivor, overcame incredibly challenging situations to educate himself in post-war Germany and immigrate to the US with nothing but the clothes on his back and a quarter in his shoe. He worked his way up from washing petri dishes in a laboratory to becoming the owner of a large chemical company, and an outstandingly successful businessman.

Through his enthusiasm for great wine, Alex Kaufman already knew that the best wines are often produced in the most challenging places. Few are more daunting than the majestic Central Otago region of New Zealand, where climatic extremes, thin soils and geographic isolation offer an intimidating landscape for wine growers. Alex fell in love with the region and, in a reflection of his own life, determined to overcome the many challenges and produce outstanding wines of the highest quality – a fitting legacy for someone whose start in life was similarly beset with adversity.

In creating Kalex Wines, Alex Kaufman has used his incredible business acumen, and his ability to find and trust in the right people, to build a company operating successfully in this challenging environment. His passion, guidance and inspiration are the driving force behind the small, committed team at Kalex Wines, whose very focus is to deliver truly remarkable wines, which express a unique sense of place. Our wines represent perseverance, individuality & ingenuity – the very essence of Alex Kaufman.


An alluring rose gold in colour, and enticing fine bead that sits beautifully on the tongue. The palate is elegant, soft and clean with hints of blossom, peach and rock melon. Delicate smoky & yeast flavours round out the flavor profile

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Rose Petals, smoke & red fruits dominate the aromas of this textural, layered Pinot Noir. The Pallet is silky, savoury, and seductive  – spice & lifted red fruits. Unfiltered & Unfined.