North Island Wineries Directory

Lochiel Estate

Set in a secluded valley of rolling green pastures just 7km from Mangawhai Heads, Lochiel Estate boasts superb views of the Brynderwyn Hills and surrounding farms and olive groves. Liz and Gary Cameron own and run the estate, and assist their winemaker son, Rob (Rob’s also behind the successful label Invivo). As well as their cellar door, the Cameron family offer a highly recommended B&B. The house overlooks the vines, creating a tranquil setting for the perfect weekend getaway. Wonderful hospitality, local produce and small parcel, yet internationally acclaimed wines – the Lochiel Chardonnay has a particularly impressive Gold medal haul.

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The Landing

Surrounded by the calm and secluded waters of the Bay of Islands, The Landing is an incredible thousand-acre landscape of breathtaking ocean views, farmland and luxury accommodation. Taking its name from history as the place of arrival of New Zealand’s first European settlers, this very special spot is blessed with some of the best grape-growing land in the Northland region. First planted in 2007 with Chardonnay and Syrah, they have recently expanded to include Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Malbec, Montepulciano and Cabernet Franc, enabling some magnificent blends and exciting new varietals to be developed over the coming years.

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Karikari Estate

Karikari Estate is New Zealand’s northenmost vineyard and winery, nestled on Northland’s stunning Karikari Peninsula. Overlooking the vast blue Pacific Ocean and the North Cape, the cellar door has perhaps one of the most spectacular views of any in the country. The vineyard is planted out in Chardonnay, Pinotage, Merlot, Syrah and Tannat. The unique climate and soils of the area combine to produce full-bodied, distinctive wines.

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Mazuran’s

Founded in 1938 by George Mazuran OBE, Mazuran’s focus on making wondefully complex fortified wines – it’s now the only winery in the country specialising in these styles. The moment you arrive at Mazuran’s, you realise you have come to a very special place. This is a cellar door full of charm and history. More than likely, you will be greeted by a member of this dedicated family, who will proudly talk you through their memorabilia, their amazing national and international competition success, and the magic of their slowly maturing wines. The sweet smell of sherry and blended port lingers in the air, and you know you will not leave without tasting the fruits of their labours.

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Kumeu River

Established in 1944, and still owned and operated by the founding Brajkovich family, Kumeu River is globally recognised as a benchmark for non-Burgundy produced Chardonnay. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich has very much followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Mick and father Maté and their generations of hard work and commitment to producing world-class wine.

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Villa Maria

Villa Maria founder and owner, Sir George Fistonich, has spent five decades at the forefront of the wine industry he helped to develop. Villa Maria has been New Zealand’s most awarded winery for over 30 years, and for the third year in a row it has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’.

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Brick Bay

Brick Bay is our passion; since 1986 our blood, sweat and tears have flowed into the soil of this land, our laughter and stories resonate in the salty sea breezes. This land nurtures us and inspires us. Our vision for the future: environmental stewardship, imagining beauty, achieving intergenerational growth.

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Coopers Creek

Coopers Creek has been a true pioneer in New Zealand, introducing Adventurous wine styles that have flourished in their soil and stimulated their palates. Their multi-award winning Albarino is the embodiment of this innovative spirit. The wines are expertly crafted from grapes grown with care and dedication in New Zealand’s best winegrowing regions. You’ll find their wines available around the world, from London to Los Angeles, Toronto to Tokyo and many places in between.

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Stonyridge

Stonyridge is undoubtedly one of the reasons the world woke up to Waiheke Island. Using traditional winemaking techniques, they are ultra-premium red wine specialists who have produced vintages which have been rated the very best on the planet. Along with fabulous wines, their Veranda Cafe is one of the most romantic and exotic venues in New Zealand – surely you don’t need any more excuses to visit?!

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Cable Bay

Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, this award-winning winery and restaurant is situated on the stunning West Coast of Waiheke Island. The uniquely designed cellar door is the ideal place to taste their incredible range of handcrafted wines, grown in small batch vineyards in two locations – Waiheke Island and Marlborough. Food options include casual and contemporary on The Verandah, or luxurious and elegant in The Dining Room. Extensive organic kitchen gardens underpin Cable Bay’s food philosophy, which, in keeping with their wine philosophy, is to be very conscious of their surroundings and seasonality, using the freshest seasonal produce every day.

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Man O’ War

Located a little adventure away along a gravel road at the eastern end of Waiheke Island is the ruggedly beautiful Man O’ War Bay. Captain James Cook came to anchor here during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand – it’s a naval legacy that is reflected in imposing wine titles such as Ironclad and Warspite. Enjoy tasting Man O’ War’s current release wines alongside select limited library stock in the colonial ambience of their beachside tasting room – don’t go past the massive Dreadnought Syrah, or the delicate Exiled Pinot Gris. Settle down to a generous lunch platter on the expansive lawn whilst soaking up the views, interrupted only by the Pohutakawa tree perimeter – a beautiful sight when in seasonal flower and also the source of Man O’ War’s delicious honey.

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Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick exudes a special type of ambience. Situated on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Mudbrick is renowned for its breathtaking location. By day the sea and vineyard views are magnificent. By night the stunning sunsets and sparkling city lights are unrivalled – a difficult choice to make between lunch and dinner dining. Mudbrick offers casual and upmarket dining, wine tasting & on site accommodation.

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Hay Paddock Wines

Specialising in the production of handmade wines of the highest quality, Hay Paddock have developed an enviable reputation starting with their Waiheke Island Syrahs first launched in 2006. Since then they have expanded production to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in order to supply our restaurant and private clients with a select list of elegant wines to accompany food which display optimum ripeness and depth of flavour.

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Tantalus Estate

Tantalus Estate sits on eight hectares of free-draining sandy soil over weathered clay and rock, in the heart of Waiheke’s wine growing country. Our aim is to produce dense, complex Bordeaux and Rhone-style reds that will age beautifully. Our Estate in the Onetangi Valley includes 5.3 hectares of vineyards, a winery, a craft brewery and an expansive, light-filled restaurant with a seasonal menu built around fresh, local produce.

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Volcanic Hills

With wines made from grapes grown on the oldest vines in the country across the very best wine growing regions, the Volcanic Hills family have set up camp at the gondola in Rotorua. Take a tour around the winery – see how a lorry load of fruit turns into a bottle of their finest. Then take a trip to the top of the gondola to the gorgeous Volcanic Hills tasting room, with arguably the best view in Rotorua. Buy a glass, kick back and enjoy with a cheese board, or do a wine tasting, most likely with one of the makers themselves, Sean Beer and Brent Park.

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Wrights

Nestled amongst the scenic hillsides of Ormond Valley, 15 minutes south of Gisborne, is Wrights Winery and Cafe. Owner Geoff Wright is a third generation winemaker. Alongside his wife, Nicola, he produces two organic wine ranges – Wrights and the Natural Wine Co. All wines are low allergen, with little or no additive, and as no animal products are used, they are also vegan friendly.

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Matawhero

Established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, Matawhero Wines has a long history of producing individualistic wines of international acclaim. Today, revived by the Searle family, Matawhero is true to the founders’ determination and from the moment you step foot into the charmingly rustic cellar door, it’s evident that the history behind this iconic label has been preserved. Set on lush grounds, with a magnificent walnut tree gracing the front lawn and live music playing every Sunday during the summer months, it’s the perfect place to unwind. All wines are available by the glass, or you can buy tasting flights, presented in racks made from old oak barrels, matched with a goumet platter or cheese selection.

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Bushmere Estate

Bushmere Estate is 100% family owned by family. They have been growing grapes for over 40 years. During this time there have been huge changes in the industry, from the growing of bulk grapes to the quality world class wines that are now attributed to the Gisborne area.

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Millton Vineyard and Winery

The Millton Vineyard’s four individual vineyards; Riverpoint, Opou, Te Arai and Clos de Ste. Anne are located in Manutuke and Matawhero. Thee unique character of the appellation is its proximity to the influence of the Pacific Ocean together with the geologically youthful sedimentary soils. Cooling sea breezes keep the climate friend ly and temperate in high summer. The high silica and clay content of these youthful soils attribute well to a harmonised moisture retention leaving the vines free to forage without any artificial additives such as water and nutrient.

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Craggy Range

Under the gaze of the spectacular Te Mata Peak, Craggy Range’s magnificent Giants Winery complex is home to the cellar door and Terrôir Restaurant. This family owned winery, established in 1997, is firmly one of New Zealand’s national vinerous treasures. Visit for an indulgent experience in a truly magical setting – consistently brilliant wines, an outstanding seasonal menu and inspiring architecture. A very special winery, one to make memories.

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Alpha Domus

Established by two generations of the Ham family, the simply charming Alpha Domus winery lies in the vicinity of a historic airfield, important for training pilots throughout New Zealand’s aviation past. Alpha Domus’ award winning wines from a wide range of varietals are showcased at their cellar door – from crisp, fresh white wines, to ripe, robust reds and luscious dessert wines. Alpha Domus is an absolute must-do of any visit to the renowned Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District. Sit outside under the shade sails, gazing over the vines in the Hawke’s Bay sunshine – pure peaceful bliss!

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Elephant Hill

An architecturally significant and innovative winery estate set against the natural beauty of the Te Awanga coast. The vision of its German owners, Elephant Hill is a streamlined blend of Old World winemaking techniques, state of the art technology and a strong belief in the presevation of its stunning landscape. The cellar door runs alongside the stylish, warm and inviting restaurant. The perfect place to unwind and enjoy fine dining and premium wine whilst taking in the breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean, vineyards and Cape Kidnapper Cliffs.

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Cypress Wines

The story began sixteen years ago when the Lawson family purchased a small hillside farm set amongst the famous Gimblett Gravels sub-region. The sole intention was to establish a terraced hillside vineyard, producing limited quantities of premium wine. Creating unique, premium wines from the extreme slopes and limestone and clay influenced soils of the Cypress hillsides has provided this challenge. The harsh, sun-baked environment of the terraced property ensures the vines struggle, and results in low yields of intensely flavoured grapes.

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Brookfields Vineyards

Founded in 1937, Brookfields Vineyards is Hawke’s Bay’s Oldest Boutique Winery, situated alongside the glistening waters of the Tutaekuri River, between Napier and Hastings. The winery was purchased by the current owner and winemaker Peter Robertson, in 1977, who has since transformed Brookfields into a leading winery for New Zealand premium wines.

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Clearview Estate

Established in 1989, Clearview Estate Winery Hawke’s Bay and its iconic ‘red shed’ restaurant enjoys an established, leafy coastal vineyard setting near the historic landscape of Cape Kidnappers. Sit, under the blue umbrellas or amongst the vines, while you explore the comprehensive seasonal menu from the winery restaurant featuring fresh and creative dishes making innovative use of Hawke’s Bay produce. There is also a heated pavilion and fireside tables for wintery days.

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Crab Farm

Crab Farm Winery is a boutique family owned and operated winery and restaurant located just out of Napier in Bay View. Established with their first vintage in 1987 they offer a wide range of wines all grown on their three vineyards located throughout Hawkes Bay.

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Lime Rock

Lime Rock is a stunning vineyard situated on limestone hills in sunny Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, 40km SW of Hastings and 6km west of Waipawa. They specialise in Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Grüner Veltliner. Elegance, balance and length are a feature of our wines.  They believe the limestone contributes sought-after mineral characters.

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Redmetal Vineyards

Redmetal Vineyards began in 1991 with the purchase of a north facing block of prime viticultural land in Hawkes Bay, a region renowned for it’s agricultural excellence.  The vineyard is part of an ancient riverbed that once carried rock down to the east coast from the steep Ruahine ranges that form part of the spine of New Zealand?s North Island. These free-draining river deposited gravels (locally known as red metals) form the basis of the major fine wine producing areas within Hawkes Bay.

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Stonecroft

Stonecroft is a small, family owned winery making organic Gimblett Gravels wines in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The owners are Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin, who live on the Roy’s Hill vineyard with their two children Emer and Oscar, plus Jasper the cat and Stanley the chocolate lab.

At Stonecroft, we seek to express through our wines the unique character of our vineyards and each vintage. Our intention is to make wines which are intense, full-bodied, elegant and fruit-driven, but capable of significant bottle development. The ability of our wines to improve in bottle has been demonstrated over more than 20 years, with many of the early examples still drinking well. Our total production is very small; with around 3,500 cases produced annually. Both the vineyards and the winery are certified organic.

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Ata Rangi

Ata Rangi is a small winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. In 2010, their flagship wine, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, was honoured with the inaugural ‘Tipurangi Teitei o Aotearoa’ or ‘Grand Cru of New Zealand’. It’s no wonder the prestigious French magazine, En Magnum, recently named them in a list of the top ten Pinot Noir producers in the world. They also produce some stunning whites – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and a luscious botrytised Riesling.

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Johner Estate

It’s well worth detouring off the beaten track, through 1000 year old native trees and along the picturesque Ruamahanga river, to reach Johner Estate and their critically acclaimed wines. After building up a prestigious estate in their homeland of Germany, Karl Johner and his son Patrick were brought to their picturesque Wairarapa vineyard by their passion for great Pinot Noir. The wines they have since produced have great depth and elegance, representing their European roots, combined with the intense fruit characteristics made possible by the New Zealand terroir. The full range can be explored in Johner Estate’s octagonal tree house-like tasting room, famous for its friendly, knowledgeable hosts and generous samples.

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Martinborough Vineyard

Established in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard is an iconic, pioneering producer with a commitment to the perfection of Pinot Noir. They receieved international attention when they won the trophy for ‘The Best Pinot Noir Worldwide’ at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Challenge in London in 1997. Their wines are exemplary expressions of their terroir. Alongside Pinot Noir, they also feature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah-Viognier, and a luscious Late Harvest Riesling.

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Margrain Vineyard

Family owned since 1992, Margrain Vineyard offers a complete vineyard experience. Set in the heart of the Martinborough vineyard area, the company’s aim since the outset has been to grow top quality grapes and produce wines of excellence. In pursuit of this goal no compromise has been made.

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Palliser Estate

Palliser is one of New Zealand’s premier wine brands. We’re the mavericks who gambled on taking farmland and turning into vineyards. A mad idea that turned out to be a groundbreaking idea. You can’t be afraid to push the boundaries and produce great unique wines, That’s why Palliser Estate Wines are now known and enjoyed around the world.

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Schubert

Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling, both Geisenheim University Viticulture & Oenology graduates from Germany established SCHUBERT WINES in 1998. Having worked with winemakers like Erni Loosen of Dr Loosen Estate, Bernkastel in Germany as well as in various vineyards across the world, their dream had always been to set off around the world in search of the ideal place to plant and produce their true passion – Pinot Noir. After travelling through regions like Oregon, California, Australia and parts of Europe, it wasn’t until arriving in Martinborough in the Wairarapa province of New Zealand that Kai and Marion felt they had found what they were looking for.

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Tirohana Estate

Tirohana Estate produces award-winning premium wines exclusively from its home block, has received many international accolades and enjoys the unique distinction of winning the prestigious Romeo Bragato award for Championship Pinot Noir NZ and Championship Reserve Wine NZ, as well as several Championship trophies and medals, along with a Cuisine 5 star recommendation acknowledging Tirohana Estate Pinot Noir as being in the top ten Australasian wines.

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