Growing red and white
Matakana vineyards grow 28 varieties of wine grapes, 17 red and 11 white. Chardonnay is the most widely planted with 15 producers making “wines of a bright, aromatic, soft, round, full typical of a warmer region” according to Simon Nash MW. Pinot Gris is the most voluminous variety, with over 11 hectares planted. There are small plantings of Flora (from USA), Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne (France), Gruner Veltliner (probably Austria), Albarino and Verdelho (Spain and Portugal).
It’s the red grapes that provide the most diverse range. Matakana is home to classic Bordeaux varietals, including the rather rare Petit Verdot, but also Carmenere, (technically Bordeaux but more at home in Chile), five Italian varietals, namely Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano. We also grow a Spanish red, Temparrillo, along with Pinotage (South Africa), Pinot Noir, Chambourcin and Tannat (all French).
Make it a point to try a new wine this season, either at our Matakana vineyards’ cellar doors or at The Vintry in Matakana village. Guaranteed you will find a brand new, exciting favourite.
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“Think Matakana, think red wines, especially Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds in the Bordeaux mould. But recently Matakana’s Pinot Gris and Chardonnay have looked at least the equal of its reds… With its lovely hills, fields and vineyards, burgeoning wineries and snowball number of tourists, the Matakana area has even been promoted as ‘Auckland’s answer to Tuscany’”.
“In favourably dry seasons, the wines of Matakana shine, with the Chardonnays and Pinot Gris offering ripe, stone fruit characters and moderate acidity, and the reds reflecting the area’s warmth in their substantial body and rich, spicy, earthy flavours.”
– Michael Cooper’s Wine Atlas of New Zealand
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BRICK BAY WINES
A spectacular glass house and cellar door cantilevered over a shimmering lily pond. Estate-grown wines: Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends.
Contemporary New Zealand sculpture in a sublime native landscape on the Sculpture Trail. A sensational menu offers relaxed, all day dining.
COXHEAD CREEK VINEYARD
A boutique family vineyard producing quality wines that express the unique character of Matakana. Grapes are hand-picked and bunch pressed. Cabernet Franc, Rosé, Chardonnay and Verdelho – are single vineyard-grown and available online.
Cabernet Franc and Merlot bear more than a passing resemblance to high quality Right Bank Bordeaux reds. A selection of vintages available at The Vintry in Matakana, no cellar door sales.
Having learnt the art of winemaking locally and travelling to Bordeaux, Toby Gillman now proudly offers one of New Zealand’s most exclusive and sought-after red wines – an elegant and complex blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.
HERON’S FLIGHT VINEYARD
New Zealand’s only vineyard exclusively growing Italian grapes; Sangiovese and Dolcetto. A dedication to organic principles and ancient winemaking techniques – a 500L terracotta amphora from Tuscany.
“Does the Best Italian Wine Come from . . . New Zealand?” (CondeNast, 16). Visit and decide for yourself!
This boutique winery, a converted cowshed, is named for the Sun God.
Wines from the small vineyard are all straight varietals: Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Gris and Syrah are also produced from Matakana fruit.
The clay soils in this rolling north-facing vineyard were planted with Bordeaux and Rhone varieties and produced limited quantities of distinctive wines, each with remarkable intensity and character. 2016 was the last vintage grown. Wines are available online.
The region’s largest vineyard and cellar door with a diverse range of premium wines. Visit the new cellar door and enjoy a taste of award-winning wines that express the fruit characters and terroir of this landmark estate.
Owner Jim Hight planted some truly interesting Italian red varieties from the Piedmont area. Inside the winery you can taste Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and the acclaimed Barbera, as well as Chardonnay and Viognier. View a traditional winemaking method involving ancient clay amphorae, which gives his wines a unique flavour.
MONARCH ESTATE VINEYARD
A picturesque vineyard full of character and charm, owned and run by Rick and Rachael Coates and their friendly vineyard cats. Try their ever-popular Rosé, Matakana’s only pure Merlot and the 5-star Kaleidoscope Series Chardonnay. Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope?
Nola vineyard is family owned, sustainably farmed, tended by hand and surrounded by wild agrarian fields. Growing quality grapes and making memorable wine is deeply influenced by Dalmatian tradition, terroir and their philosophy of living life well.
OMAHA BAY VINEYARD
Drive through the beautiful family-owned vineyard to the cellar door and barrel hall, where you can taste OBV’s elegant wines including their sought-after Rosé and Montepulciano. Stay for a delicious platter and take in the breath taking 360° coastal views over Omaha Beach and Little Barrier Island.
The 42-hectare BioGro certified organic property boasts Chardonnay, Syrah and the Austrian variety Grüner veltliner, carefully chosen for compatibility with Matakana’s climate, soils and environment. October 30 wines receive consistently good ratings. Sam Kim, reviewer for Wine Orbit describes the Methode Traditionelle as ‘fruit forward and gently fragrant,’ and gives the bubbly a solid 4 stars.
Perched up on the cliffs at the southern end of Omaha Beach, this special vineyard looks to the outer Hauraki Gulf, Little Barrier Island and beyond to the Mokihinaus. New Albarino grapes have been planted by expert winemaker Warren Knudsen, who knows that vintage 2022 will be one to watch. Also popular, a 2019 red blend from Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, which if you are lucky enough to find it, will show best drinking from 2022 through 2026.
Farmers for more than 40 years, Bill and Deb Coates have swapped livestock for rootstocks, now growing Syrah and Chardonnay in Matakana. Their hillside vineyard is named RIFT after the colourful and somewhat fractious history of the property, as well as being a nod to the gaping cracks that open up in their clay soils during the summertim
RUNNER DUCK ESTATE
Experience Farida’s passion for global cuisine and Clyde’s knowledge and love for wine. Visit Plume Restaurant to taste their delicious Runner Duck Estate wines, delightful cuisine and relax with glorious landscaped vineyard views.
SALTINGS ESTATE VINEYARD
Hand-picked Syrah and Malbec grown on a warm, north facing slope overlooking Sandspit. Using biodynamic principles, we enhance the quality of our land and grow grapes of exceptional flavour and colour.
SCULPTUREUM & ROTHKO
New Zealand’s premier wine tourism destination with extensive sculpture gardens and world class indoor art galleries, as well as Rothko, a Metro Top 50 ranked restaurant. Varieties grown around the sculpture gardens include a Bordeaux blend, Syrah, Chardonnay and Rosé.
The lodge and vineyard embrace vista views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Tamahunga and rolling pastures. Traditional winemaking techniques use only immaculate fruit, low cropped to respect the nature and location of the vineyard. Beautifully balanced wines which age slowly and gracefully.
TE RATA WINES
Producing a range of organic, avant-garde wines. Wild fermented, no added sugar or sulphites and minimal fining and filtration. Firm believers that natural winemaking creates wines with a soft, unique richness and undeniable liveliness of flavour. Get in touch with Justin for a private tasting so you can also experience the natural wine difference!
THE VINTRY WINE BAR
A friendly boutique bar and tasting room, showcasing Matakana’s local wine and more. Located in the heart of the Village, enjoy a glass of Matakana wine on the sun deck, in leather chairs by the fire, even take it into the movies. The staff are proud ambassadors of Matakana’s wines. Buy bottles to take home at cellar door prices.
This small vineyard marked by a relic brick chimney on Matakana Road, now produces distinctive wines. Based on Old World traditions, Oleg and Tanya believe that wine is a true expression of land, people and time. Their wines are a tribute to the traditions of their homeland – Kazakhstan. Their range is currently available online and from the Vintry.
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