EURODELL – Our Family Legacy
EURODELL has been bringing the taste of Europe to NZ plates for more than 20 years.
EURODELL was started by Michael Farac, born Milenko Sretan Farac. Croatian born, on the picturesque small Adriatic island of Korcula. In the late 50’s the family immigrated to Australia, where they settled in the northern suburb of Chatswood, in Sydney.
New Zealand Bound
After 5 years in Australia the family made one final move to Auckland, New Zealand.
Soon after they arrived they began doing what came natural to them… winemaking. They were a founding part of the proud and successful Croatian West Auckland Winery legacy with the opening of ‘Mother’s Cellar Winery’.
Michael and his two brothers Morris (Marine) and George (Jure) worked on the Winery for the next 45 years. They spent this time converting what was originally an orchard into a thriving and very popular brand of wine. As the boys got married their wives too joined the family business.
Over time ‘Mother’s Cellar Winery’ became an accomplished business, bottling a wide range of wines such as Cabernet, Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauterne, and even some Sparkling wines. However, its true specialty was in the dessert wines, where their Ports and Sherries became top sellers.
From Wine to Food
Michael missed the traditional foods and delicacies that he and his family were accustomed to back in Europe; the prosciutto, the salamis, the specialty cheeses, the anchovies. These were products that were either scarce or unavailable in New Zealand at the time.
Michael began looking at filling this void, he travelled to Australia and began seeking out importers and producers of such delicacies. He used contacts in Italy and Croatia to find original and authentic products and set about importing them to New Zealand.
He setup a small warehouse with a small refrigerated unit, and with the help of his daughter Anita, began selling the products to family and friends on Saturdays. And so EURODELL was born.
From these modest beginnings EURODELL has grown to become a successful and vibrant nationwide company. Supplying many of New Zealand’s finest restaurants, as well as its supermarket sector, hospitality trade and delicatessen wholesalers.