Wine and Vineyards

Premium wines have been produced in the Matakana 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.

The best place to find out about all the wineries in the area is to visit