Dotted with sloped vineyards and artisan-style wineries, the Matakana Wine Region is an epicurean's dream. Unlike many areas that import their grapes from miles away, visitors can see the fruit destined for the next vintage ripen under the gentle sun while they indulge in a glass or two of their favorite variety. If you're interested in sampling the best that Matakana has to offer, here are a few wineries to choose from:
Family owned and operated, Matavino concentrates on producing fine Italian wines designed to pair perfectly with Matakana's local seafood and produce. Because this vineyard/winery combination crafts their final product from the field to the bottle with care and expertise, their dedication shines through. Stop by to sample a perfect Sangiovese or a tantalizing Chardonnay if you're in the area. If not, you can purchase this wine online.
Omaha Bay Vineyard
For four generations, these growers have been handcrafting New Zealand's finest wines including full-bodied Bordeaux Reds, refreshing Pinot Gris, and a sophisticated Montepulciano. Visit their wine cave or tasting room to enjoy a sample along with a mesmerizing coastal view.
Runner Duck Estate
If you prefer an artisan wine, you simply have to experience Runner Duck. Clyde and Farida Cooper, the vintners, have dedicated their lives to creating iconic red wine on a small-scale basis. Instead of targeting the world, their goal is to only provide the fruit of their labors to the most discerning group of wine drinkers. Without compromise, they refuse to release any vintage that isn't outstanding. With the first sip, you'll agree that their plan results in a wine without compare.
This boutique winery specializes in crafting Syrah wines of the highest quality. Because this group of craftsmen has focused their combined attention on one variety, you can depend on Contour's Syrah to always exceed your highest expectations. In fact, these winemakers never release a vintage unless it meets their own high standards unlike many commercial wineries.
Some local wineries reserve their vino for local patrons while others distribute their best bottles throughout New Zealand and the world. If you're not lucky enough to experience the Matakana Wine Region first hand, sample their wares by purchasing a bottle of wine online.