Location: 189 Riverpoint Road, RD1, Gisborne
Contact phone: 06 867 6140
Established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, Matawhero Wines defied convention and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim and in doing so, changed the face of New Zealand winemaking forever.
Since its first vintage in 1975, Matawhero has produced many excellent and often adventurous wines. Following in Bill’s pioneering footsteps, son Denis imparted his own colourful style and won fame for his Gewürztraminer – everyone was drinking it, even the Queen.
Purchased by Richard and Kirsten Searle in 2008, the 15 hectare Matawhero vineyard has now been replanted and revitalised. Kirsten comments “This revival comes from our passion to produce distinctive single-vineyard wines with the intense fruit flavours and roundness that is reflective of the unique Gisborne terroir. We wanted to truly showcase the best of our wonderful region”.
Our wonderful cellar door is open from October to May each year and faithfully portrays that idiomatic character the brand is so much loved for. This heritage label now lives on!
WINES BEING SERVED
Come and enjoy a selection of our new and current release award-winning wines;
Matawhero 2016 Pinot Rosé
Matawhero 2016 Gewürztraminer – 91 Points
Matawhero 2015 Pinot Gris – 93 Points
Matawhero 2015 Chardonnay – 92 Points
Matawhero 2015 Merlot
Matawhero 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc – 5 STARS
Matawhero 2015 Church House Barrel Fermented Chardonnay – GOLD MEDAL
Matawhero 2015 Church House Malbec
We will also be serving a selection of local “Out East” juice, non-alcoholic grape juice – First Press – Gewürztraminer, Rose and Merlot as well as boutique beer from Galbraith.
Black cat coffee cart serving coffee and other drinks throughout the day.
Enjoy fantastic Gisborne cuisine from Flagship Eatery. Food and wine matching dishes will be available.
Live music throughout the afternoon with local acoustic sounds and a touch of Jazz – Eru, Honey Jam and the cool sounds of Boomshack 3.
Enjoy our lawn games including pétanque and croquet
HOSTED WINE TASTING SESSIONS IN UNDERGROUND CELLAR:
12 noon – Tasting of current and new releases – 5 wines
1pm – Enjoy something a little different! – A tasting of 5 of our Church House wines including Chenin Blanc, Albariño, Arneis, Grüner Veltliner and Malbec.
These will be limited to 20 people per session and will be $10 per person and be booked on a first in first served basis when you arrive on site.