Alistair Noakes, October 30 wines

Alistair Noakes, October 30 wines

A small organic vineyard in Matakana with a special connection to the Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei. Alistair and Karen Noakes left Matamata and share milking behind in 1995 with a move to a 32-acre block of vines in the Hawkes Bay.  Encouraged by their...
Spring wines on the vines

Spring wines on the vines

Spring is a special time on the Matakana Coast, locals just as much as visitors love driving or cycling past the vineyards watching the leaf buds grow, burst and stretch along the rows.  Spring at Sculptureum began early this year after a warmer than usual...
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...