Get a taste of Auckland’s own island of wine. Some 30 wineries and vineyards are dotted across the island, just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown. From prominent clifftop wineries to small cellar doors, you’ll find award-winning vintages and a wide range of varietals. Enjoy your wine with tranquil countryside vistas or sweeping views across the Hauraki Gulf.
A 50-minute drive north from downtown Auckland, Matakana’s beautiful beaches, vineyards and local arts scene make this region a divine destination. Sample superb wines at boutique vineyards, walk the outdoor sculpture trail at one of the area’s top wineries, and indulge in a leisurely lunch overlooking the vines.
Known for being buttery, the Chardonnay grape grown in the Auckland region comes with a twist! With varying styles of weighty, ripe wines and a hint of tropical flavours with fresh, balanced acidity are quite common here, particularly is Kumeū. So next time, make it a Chardonnay!
Hey syrah, syrah! More sophisticated than this intro, Syrah is an intense, aromatic and elegant wine with some award-winning drops coming from Waiheke Island. Partial to a bold red? Another common wine throughout the region is stylish red blends - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Delicious!
Pinot Gris is riding a wave of popularity right now, and luckily for you it's grown right here in Auckland! Matakana in particular is known for its fleshy, weighty Pinot's with spicy, ripe stonefruit and pear aromas and flavours. Easy to drink and oh-so-delicious, this tipple is perfect with an afternoon nibble while looking out to the vines.