Al fresco and covered dining available As a country that is now known internationally for the crafting of top quality wines, it comes as a surprise that before 1980 New Zealand didn?t produce a commercially available bubbly of its own. With a world-class reputation in winemaking to live up to, there were great expectations when a little over 30 years ago we began to produce a sparkling wine. It started small, but we were dedicated to excellence right from the outset. A mere 20,000 cases of sparkling wine came from the 1980 harvest of Gisborne and Hawke?s Bay grapes. It was an effervescent, Kiwi twist on Champagne, released before Christmas 1981, just in time for a celebratory summer toast. Since then, Lindauer?s international awards and critical acclaim have made it our most loved sparkling wine.