Auckland

The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them wine-making traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.
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  1. TWIN TOTARA KUMEU CHARDONNAY 2018
    From the highly lauded Kumeu wine region, famed for some of New Zealand's best Chardonnays, comes this new cult classic. This boutique wine from a small, family-owned vineyard beside the Riverhead Forest has immediate melt-in-your-mouth appeal. A light aroma of ... Learn More
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  2. TEMPEST COVE BORDEAUX BLEND 2016
    A delicate red cherry, cranberry & dried herb aroma with a youthful, juicy plum & red fruit flavour. An extremely approachable Bordeaux blend with delicate tannins, fine texture & a light dash of toasty oak. Made for United Cellars by the acclaimed Michael ... Learn More
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  3. TE WHAU 'PETIT POINT' 2016
    A secret barrel of Te Whau wine from the closing 2016 vintage, made by the infamous Mike Wood of Obsidian Wines. The palate is juicy and vibrant, delivering attractive fruit intensity and fine texture, nicely structured by chalky tannins. An intense & ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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  4. PURIRI HILLS ESTATE 2017
    #1 NZ Winery of the Year 2020- Serious contenders to the best right bank Bordeaux wines! Sweet fruit notes on the nose with wonderful perfume and spicy complexity. A seductive red with subtle power & layers of concentrated fruit. Approachable young with ... Learn More
  5. GOLDIE ESTATE RESERVE SYRAH 2014
    Only 350 cases of this triple gold medal winning wine were made. Hand crafted from only the best fruit from a 1978 Waiheke winery & then aged for 14 months on 30% new French oak. Full bodied but finely structered & velvety smooth, with dense notes ... Learn More
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  6. GILLMAN VINEYARD 2015
    A limited edition Bordeaux blend from Matakana, made in the style of the great wines of Pomerol and St Emilion. Medium-full bodied, with rich, ripe dark fruit flavours & savoury spices. The finish is long and satisfying, overlaying very soft tannins ... Learn More
    GILLMAN VINEYARD 2015
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    Michael Cooper
  7. ST NESBIT 2011
    The last vintage created by the highly sought after, critically acclaimed cult vineyard, St Nesbit. A modest, silken nose of roses, pencil shavings and sweet plum and cherry fruit. An elegant, restrained and complex palate, with bright red fruit flavours ... Learn More
    ST NESBIT 2011
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  8. TE RERE WINEMAKER'S RESERVE SYRAH 2010 MAGNUM 1.5L
    A truly boutique special release from Waiheke, worthy of the best cellars. Acclaimed wine maker Luc Desbonnets created this master piece, perfectly balancing every aspect. A very expressing nose giving perfumed notes of lavender, cedar and Indian spices over a ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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