OUR STORY

MATAKANA ESTATE

The Matakana Coastal region is best known for its white-sand beaches and also perhaps the bustling Matakana Village Farmer’s Market. It is a slice of heaven right on Auckland’s doorstep.

There is magic in the land and we are proud to be one of the wineries in the region to showcase the quality of wine produced in the area. When our new owners took over in 2012, they felt a sense of connection to the region and we want to emulate that spirit in everything we do. Whether it is a wine tasting of our wines at our cellar door, a stay at our luxury lodge or vineyard venue hire for your special event. 

Our purpose is to connect people to each other, themselves, and nature by providing access to unique, memorable experiences. 

 

VALUES

We value the land, our community and our commitment to making real connections.

We take care of our customers, offering exceptional service, enabling them to relax and recharge, and helping them make lasting memories by providing unique activities and experiences.

We love to share our passion and knowledge with others, and we take pride in introducing customers to our boutique wines (crafted by our winemaker Richard Robson) and the restorative beauty and lifestyle of Matakana Estate.

 

HISTORY

The vines date back to 1996 from when they were first planted by the Vegar-Fitzgerald family. The original family members had a history of winemaking and had immigrated to New Zealand from Croatia more than 100 years ago. In early 2012, the winery was taken over by new owners with a dream to focus on producing quality boutique wines and expanding the business to offer luxury accommodation. In 2018 the Matakana Estate Lodge was open to welcome guests that are looking for a getaway destination. The estate now spans 35 acres and is the largest winery in the Matakana region. 

OUR WINEMAKER – RICHARD ROBSON

 

Richard moved here from his native Australia to take over the winemaking reins at Matakana Estate since early 2007. He has used his considerable experience to hone and refine our classically-styled varietals and blends to a consistently high level, focusing on bringing out each wine’s varietal and regional characteristics with minimum interference. 

His winemaking journey began in New South Wales, where he gained his winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Richard went on to make wine for several respected Australian wineries, including Charles Melton, Yalumba and Plantagenet (where he was Chief Winemaker before joining Matakana Estate) and has also had experience in making wine in Rhone Valley. 

Richard lives in Matakana with his wife and two sons, he describes Matakana as “one of the most wonderful places in the world, not only for growing grapes but for enjoying life”.