Taste Matakana Wines
Discover Matakana Wines, New Zealand
Less than one hour’s drive north of Auckland CBD are our Matakana vineyards – thriving boutique vineyards offering wine tastings, luxury accommodation, restaurants and stunning venues for weddings, conferences or simply a lovely day out.
The Matakana Wine Trail
Enjoy the character, diversity and passion of the Matakana wineries we’re proud to call ours.
Come on a true a journey of discovery. From Auckland, take SH1 north across the Harbour Bridge through picturesque rural and coastal scenery. The trip to Matakana takes just 45 minutes from the bridge.
Turn right at Warkworth into Matakana Road where the Matakana Wine Trail begins, continuing east of Matakana Village to points off the Leigh Road, returns back to Sharp Road and the Sandspit Road area.
Read about our Matakana wineries and choose the ones that interest you the most. Don’t be afraid to turn this boutique wine tour into an adventure. If a winery is open only by appointment, give them a ring. The winemakers or owners usually on site and will be delighted to make your visit an experience to remember.
Vineyards draped across sunny north-facing hills greet you as you drive into the rustic, charming town of Matakana. As you discover the Matakana wineries, oyster farms, potteries, beaches, popular markets and so everything else going on in the area, you’ll get to meet the friendly locals and hear all their stories.
Only 45 minutes north of Auckland CBD, Matakana is a town full of character.
The wines of Matakana are constantly evolving and reflect with distinction their sense of place, climate and community.
With the first vineyard planted in the early 70s, Matakana wineries now grow one of the most diverse mixes of grape varieties in New Zealand: 28 different French, Italian, Spanish, even Austrian varieties, comprising 11 whites and 17 reds. Our white wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Albarinõ show consistent excellence, and the climate is also warm enough to ripen such red wine varieties as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Be sure to taste the silky Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Montepulciano.
Come and meet the winegrowers and discover their passion for wine. Don’t consider it simply visiting another cellar door, immerse yourself in their wine world. If a winery is open by appointment, give them a ring and make an appointment, ask questions and soak it all in. Matakana wineries are truly boutique, and it’s the people behind those delicious wines, the people who handpick the grapes themselves, that will make your visit a special one.