The viticulturist Romeo Bragato (1858-1914), born in Dalmatia, was commissioned by the Government of the Australian state of Victoria in 1895 to work in New Zealand to explore the potential for viticulture. He came to a positive investigation result and described, among other things, the today important wine growing areas Hawke's Bay and Wairapara as particularly well suited. As a result, many new vineyards were created in the areas proposed by him. In 1895 he discovered the phylloxera and struck - at first in vain - the finishing with resistant documents in front. In 1902 Bragato was appointed State Wine Director and introduced as one of the first measures Unterhagsreben. In Te Kauwhata he founded a research institute with experimental vineyards and a viticulture school and published the handbook "Viticulture in New Zealand". After he was deprived of the leadership of the institute in 1908, he emigrated to Canada a year later. Through his many achievements Bragato is considered a pioneer of New Zealand viticulture. In his honor, the "Romeo Bragato Wine Awards" will be presented today in New Zealand.