Waiheke Island Vineyards & Wineries

June 30, 2010 · Print This Article

Waiheke Island is home to boutique wineries that produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties.  The hot, dry summers and stony soils of Waiheke are perfect conditions for growing grapes.

There are Waiheke Island vineyards and wineries spread throughout the island and visitors can either visit at their leisure, or take a tour. Below you will find a partial list of some of the best boutique wineries on the island:

Cable Bay Vineyards - The Cable Bay winery, restaurant and cellar door are set amidst vineyards and olive groves.

Goldwater - Goldwater combines old world traditional wine making techniques with modern day technology to achieve outstanding and memorable hand-crafted wines.

Jurassic Ridge - Syrah, Montepulciano, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc vines are planted over 155 million year old Jurassic rock.

Kennedy Point Vineyard and Olive Grove - At the International Wine Challenge, London 2009 the Kennedypoint 2007 Syrah was awarded International Syrah Trophy, Best NZ Red, Best NZ Syrah.

Man O’ War Vineyard - Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War first introduced grapes in 1993, firm in the belief that world class wines could be produced here.

Mudbrick Vineyard - Named after the Barn/House was built from mud bricks, Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant offers a unique Waiheke wine and cuisine exprience, available all year round.

Obsidian Vineyard - Obsidian Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Onetangi Valley.

Passage Rock - Passage Rock Wines was established in 1994 by David and Veronika Evans-Gander.

Peacock Sky Vineyard - Located in the centre of Waiheke Island surrounded by lush native bush.

Peninsula Estate - With spectacular views of Oneroa Bay and the Hauraki Gulf, Peninsula Estate is focused on producing single estate, world-class premium red food wines, that can be confidently cellared for many years.

Poderi Crisci - Poderi Crisci is a small family owned vineyard with a passion for growing Italian varietals and olives.

Stonyridge Vineyard - Stonyridge Vineyard is a specialist cabernet-blend winegrower producing cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot, combining traditional winemaking with meticulous organic viticulture.

Te Motu Vineyard - Te Motu Vineyard was established by the Dunleavy family in 1989 and is noted for its fine reds, notably the Te Motu cabernet/merlot.The first vines were planted in 1989, and the first vintage was produced in 1993.

Te Whau Vineyard - With breathtaking 360° views, stunning architecture, exquisite food, and a fantastic wine list, including its own five-star wines, Te Whau Vineyard and Cafe is a truly unique wine lover’s experience.

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One Response to “Waiheke Island Vineyards & Wineries”

  1. kathy on July 7th, 2010 9:41 am

    I noticed in your article you missed Saratoga Estate. I feel we have alot to offer guests to Waiheke Island.

    Saratoga Estate Vineyard, Waiheke Island, is located in the heart of the Onetangi Valley, a gentle North facing Valley. We can provide a venue for all, whether you are here to sample some of the regions finest renowned Bordeaux style reds, or to sit in our idealic suroundings on a sunny day with a bottle of superb wine and a platter of cheeses, olives and crackers.

    Saratoga Estate Vineyard is surrounded by 20 acres of planted vineyard. Varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. Saratoga Estate produces premium wines through meticulous care and passionate wine making.

    Our winery is an ideal venue to host private functions, Christmas partys, weddings, and we are also available for special events. Contact Kathy for more information; 09 372-6372 or 0275-658531 or email;kathy@saratogaestate.com

    A personal touch in the family run vineyard, is seen in the naming of the wines.

    They have been chosen using the youngest generation of the family eg.. Molly’s Paddock Merlot, Sequioa Grove Rose, Conor’s Block Chardonnay, Christian’s Plateau Chardonnay, Finlay’s Field Pinot Noir, Micheal’s Meadow Sryah, Monty’s Match Syrah Cabernet Blend, Nikolai’s Hill Sauvingnon Blanc, Lily’s Late Harvest Rose, Daisy’s Sticky Delight and Cinder’s Crest Cabernet. This year for the first time we will be harvesting our Pinot Gris and Leopold’s name will be going on this wine. The children are encouraged during harvest to participate, and therefore feel personally involved in making their namesake wines.

    This will be our first year that we will add desert wines to our range. We invite you to purchase any of our wines via email, fax, or phone. Free delivery within New Zealand with a case purchase or more.

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