Eat local delicacies, sample organic wine or enjoy tales of a family vineyard Matakana: a day trip from Auckland
Diversity is the Matakana’s drawcard with family based vineyards offering visitors a highly individual personal touch to each winery. Together with artist trails and foodie treats Matakana is where you meet friendly locals and listen to their stories. From 21 commercial grape growing/winery operations within the Matakana region emerge 28 varieties (17 Red and 11 White) planted, this made Matakana one of the most diverse wine regions in New Zealand. Among pottery workshops, nearby beach communities, orchards and market gardens a wine region has found its gravitas with a growing reputation for diversity in style. Wine output is largely marketed directly from cellar doors with a few distributing throughout New Zealand and beyond. Cellar door visits are welcomed.
WHERE TO START MATAKANA WINE TRAIL
Matakana Wine Market where else. Grab some snacks, check out the market and sample the latest offering from a range of growers. The Matakana Wine Growers association showcases members wine at the local Matakana Farmers Market.
The rustic charm of a small village who has curated a world-class market where the local chemist, bookshop and eateries is the perfect place to start an exploration of the Matakana wine scene. Matakana Wine Market is a sponsor of the annual Oyster Festival Matakana and the Kowhai Festival Big Day Out.
The Vintrylearn more
Matakana Winegrowers Associationlearn more
Brick Bay Wineslearn more
Te Rata Wineslearn more
Yakutin Family Wineslearn more
Gillman Vineyardlearn more
Matavino Wineslearn more
Runner Duck Estatelearn more
Heron’s Flight vineyardlearn more
Omaha Bay Vineyardlearn more
Hyperion Estatelearn more
There are some other vineyards not part of the Matakana Wine Growers Association to consider:
TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION
Matakana Tours. Liz and Geoff Bays have a wealth of local wine knowledge and you can relax into the day out assured your driving is in safe hands. Matakana tours will even arrange pick up and drop off selected Auckland city locations.
Splurge on a flight with
Skyworks Helicopters is where your feet have wings. Take a heli-tour and sweep up in style with views of Matakana, Omaha and Tawharanui, Scandrett and Mahurangi Regional Parks before landing at your choice of vineyard for tastings and brunch.
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