Karl Nola, Nola Vineyard

Karl Nola, Nola Vineyard

As a teenager in South Auckland, Karl Nola began to grow grapes on the 40-acre family vineyard and for the next 15 years tended the vines and sold grapes to wineries. Karl’s Dalmatian heritage, with generations of hardworking vintners and horticulturalists, instilled...
Matakana winegrowers – passion in the vines

Matakana winegrowers – passion in the vines

Matakana wine scene According to winemaker James Graham, there is a ‘real authenticity’ underpinning the Matakana wine scene. The Matakana wine growers an impassioned group of people putting their heart and soul into what they do. James studied viticulture (the...
Matakana wines 2020

Matakana wines 2020

Matakana vintage – 2020 Drought conditions that have devastated farms in much of the country have proved a major boon for Matakana vineyards. Matakana Winegrowers president Hegman Foster says 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for local wines and will perhaps...
Matakana vintners – Yakutin Family Wines

Matakana vintners – Yakutin Family Wines

The waiter in the Vintry was quick to pick up on Oleg’s accent and asked where he originated from. ‘Snells Beach,’ said Oleg. ‘Via Kazakhstan.’ Grapes were first grown there in 700AD, long before this, Kazakhstanis’ benefited from the wine...