• Responsible Hedonist Logo, which shows a Pink Octopus Holding Single Glass with the words Responsible Hedonist and our tagline "Drink Wine. Be Good. Do Good." below it
  • Sign Post Saying Responsible Hedonist Organic Rows 33 - 49 in Bridge Pa Triangle Syrah Vineyard
  • Bridge Pa Triangle Syrah Vineyard
  • Diana's hand is open and holding two chunks of sandy limestone from the Chardonnay Vineyard
  • Diana's hand is open and she's holding a dark rock from Bridge Pa Triangle
  • Frank gives two thumbs up in front of trash we collected at Rocky Bay Beach


🌏Sustainably Minded | 💃🏾 Black Woman Co-Owned

🇳🇿 Based in Aotearoa New Zealand

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🍇✨ Ready for the Ultimate Tasting Experience?🍷

Got plans for a gathering or want to wow your wine club? We got you!

🪄 Introducing our Syrah Two Ways packs! Get your hands on our 2022 Rush the Stage Red and our freshly dropped 2023 Gift of Gab Rosé, exclusively available on our website.

🎉 To top it off, in celebration of our debut rosé, Black history, and women’s history month – snag a pack in February or March and score an exclusive live virtual tasting with our incredible winemaker, Diana Hawkins!

So, rally your crew, bring your burning questions, and get ready to dive into discussions about wine, New Zealand, and these two stellar sips! 😋

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Diana and Frank with Champagne Outside and a thought bubble above them that says "Let's do something crazy"

We’re two nerds from the Midwest who somehow found our way into the wine industry. Over time, we began to realize that something was seriously wrong.

Wine was super interesting, but most people talking about it were boring and, shall we say, a bit snobby about it all?

And that just ain’t us….

So, we created Responsible Hedonist to make some tasty wine, answer your wine questions (yes even that one), share wines from Aotearoa New Zealand that you don’t see everyday, and have some fun.

how it’s going

2022 Rush the Stage Red received 91 Points from MW Cameron Douglas

Aromas and flavours of strawberry compote and fresh raspberries, there’s a layer of white spice and a stony crumbled stones mineral layer. Tannins add a youthful tautness, are plentiful and contrast the core flavours seamlessly. Acidity offers a refreshing quality and carries the core fruits throughout the palate perfectly. Youthful, fresh, fruity and well made with a medium finish and length. Best drinking from 2023 through 2027+.

We did a Meet the Winemakers Interview with our Importer Selection Massale

Responsible Hedonist 2022 Rush the Stage Red Syrah featured in Cuisine Noir’s 2023/2024 Issue, which you can get digitally or in print!

Out of New Zealand comes this light-bodied syrah that is vegan-friendly with notes of red plum, wild strawberry and a hint of spice. The silky smooth palate makes it easy to enjoy with a great steak, tacos and even pasta.

Mentioned in AFAR Magazine’s 6 Best Wine Regions in New Zealand to Visit