Winners for "Outstanding Winery Experience" Manaakitanga Awards in Hospitality and Sustainability.
About 40 minutes north of Auckland, Ransom Wines is the first on the Matakana Wine Trail and signposted on State Highway 1 so it very easy to find. Wine tasting at the cellar door usually involves a personal encounter with one of the family. The line up of wines is interesting - pinot gris, rose, syrah, the Bordeaux varieties including carmenère currently produced at two vineyards in NZ plus the Spanish white variety Albariño.
For a memorable wine and food experience, order the famous "Winetaster's Platter" and a glass of wine, sit on the terrace and soak up the view.