Summer Time in the Vines

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This years summer heat has been the perfect anecdote to the wet winter past. The hot summer sun has warmed the crystal waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the rolling hills of the Matakana Coast alike, keeping the summer crowds entertained and providing ideal growing conditions for the regions diverse patchwork of vineyards.

While the harvest bounty is far from realised yet, now is the perfect time to enjoy the generous hospitality available throughout your Matakana wine region. 

With 28 different grape varieties grown in 20 vineyards the Matakana region exemplifies diversity allowing visitors to engage with an eclectic mix of wines and the personalities behind them. The diversity of experiences available lies not just with the regions wines.

The acclaimed sculpture/art trails at Brick Bay and the Sculptureum provide distinct visions integrating their vineyards, wine, and restaurants with stunning visual art into broader expressions of place and personality. Places that will leave you inspired on many levels.

The classically refined vineyard dining restaurants at Plume/Runner Duck and Ascension integrate a sense of kiwi freshness with traditional European style. Both also provide the locations for stunning vineyard weddings and numerous other events.

Ransom and Omaha Bay Vineyard provide sumptuous vineyard platters to share in their picturesque tasting environments. Heron’s flight combine their unique focus on Italian grape varieties with wood-fired pizzas and convivial al fresco events.

The boutique tasting rooms at Hyperion and Matavino give personal access to the passions and personalities of winegrowers John Crone and Jim Hight. While the luxury lodge at Takatu Vineyard provides a five-star opportunity to stay amongst the vines and sample their wines.

If that isn’t enough then the sophisticated, locally focused Vintry wine bar in the heart of Matakana provides ample opportunity to taste and explore these wines and those of Coxhead Creek, The Gabion, Gillman, Hawkes Nest, Matakana Estate, and Monarch Vineyard, all of whom can be visited by appointment.

The Matakana region is blessed with many fabulous places to visit and things to do, make sure you include the rich and diverse Matakana Wine Trail in your summer plans.