Matakana is a very small wine region less than one hour's drive north of Auckland.
Premium wines have been produced in the area for some time and there are several new vineyards being developed.
Almost all the vineyards are on slopes, which helps to drain the clay soils. Traditionally a red wine growing region there are now some outstanding white wines - especially Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. However the classic red varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese have shown consistent excellence
The winemakers are a diverse community, approaching the business of making a living from wine in very different ways. Some sell most of the output through their winery/restaurant; others distribute their wine throughout New Zealand and overseas. Some of those featured here are open to the public and welcome your visit.
for information on other local attractions and accommodation see also www.matakanacoast.com
for information on the Winegrowers Association click on name below