Petar Fredatovich set sail from his homeland in Croatia on the shores of the Adriatic to discover a new and prosperous life in a Distant Land. In New Zealand he found a land rich with promise and vast opportunities.
Arriving in Auckland in 1922 with few possessions, Petar worked in the Kauri tree gum fields and as a stone mason to save for a deposit on a block of land west of the city at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges.
Petar cleared his land by hand and planted vines. Barrels were hand-made from local native Totara trees to ferment his wine.