Our Story

Like you, we are people who have a love of wine.

We’re Wine Mavens


Our work in the wine industry for over 30 years has credited us with the title “Wine Maven”. We’ve grown grapes, sold prestige brands, heaved barrels and lugged cases. Each day is fuelled by our passion for wine, a thirst to grow our wine knowledge and typically presents us with crazy new adventures. In 2018, perched in New Zealand and inspired by the fruits of our labour, we believed it was time that the loyal (and novice) wine enthusiast had access to an interesting variety of wine. So we started The Wine Auction Room. We know that we are not alone in our love for rare and fine wine and are thrilled to help others access these products on the secondary market. Join our wine auctions at The Wine Auction Room. Nothing brings us greater joy than introducing our customers to new wines or coveted vintages.

Our Commitment

Throughout our career we’ve had dirt under our nails, dust on our jeans and fizz in our glass. We have experienced a wine from grape to glass and wine provenance is close to our hearts. Before we accept a consignment for an auction, we work with the Vendor to understand as much as possible about the wine so that we can provide you with full information. You can bid with confidence at The Wine Auction Room.


Provenance is not the only jargon that you’ll hear as a wine enthusiast. In Europe they refer to the Terrôir; the natural environment in which a wine is produced. In New Zealand we refer to this as Tūrangawaewae; our natural place in the world. In both the old and new worlds of wine this sense of place is where we feel empowered and connected. This is a feeling that we aim to recreate for you within The Wine Auction Room.


The original Latin proverb “in vino, veritas” suggested that a person under the influence of alcohol is more likely to speak their hidden thoughts and desires. Thankfully we don’t need to a glass or two to speak truthfully about the wines we offer. We use ratings from a number of well-known and respected wine writers and critics. We offer an extensive list of conditions to help inform your decisions. We are also the only wine auction house in NZ who are accredited members of WineFraud.com making your selling or purchasing as safe as possible.

“Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people”
Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 4

Meet Our Team

Our passion for rare and fine wines and spirits is a testament to our ambition to build a wine auction house like no other. We are a small team who are singularly focused on doing the right thing by our customers and each other. We work hard to deliver you the best selection of wines in interesting ways and support ourselves with like-minded people who can unleash the true potential of The Wine Auction Room.

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Reece Warren


E: [email protected]
M: +64 21 465 554

Hailing from a family steeped in hospitality, transitioning to a life-long career in and around the wine industry seemed natural.

Robyn Pagonis


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M: +64 21 333 133

It’s fair to say “I’m not from ‘round these parts”. Born in Melbourne, Australia I followed my career and curiosity to New Zealand in 1999.


Cecilia Lee


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P: +64 21 138 0139

In my varied career, I have worked in brand management, hospitality training, wine educating, fine wine buying and marketing.

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All bidders must be at least 18 years old to participate in our auctions.