local wines, beers & More
Lothlorien is set in Ahuroa Valley an hour above Auckland. Our property is certified organic. We as individuals and a company strive for sustainability for ourselves and for future generations.
We have created beautiful products and would love for you to experience and enjoy these.
HERON'S FLIGHT MATAKANA
Heron’s Flight boutique winery specialises in the Italian grapes sangiovese and dolcetto and hand- crafted wines from these two grapes. Established in 1987 by the current owners, Mary Evans and David Hoskins selected the sheltered north-facing slope to grow grapes and raise their two sons. Their unique sustainable and organic wine-growing and winemaking manage- ment practices have evolved over the years into a distinctive vineyard in the heart of Matakana. Their Dolcetto Rosata is brilliant paired with oysters. Made in an off-dry style and packed with delicious strawberries, raspberries and cranberries, showing a vibrant pink hue. Be sure to try it at the festival.
Matavino epitomises the diversity of the wine varieties grown in the area. Chardonnay and Viognier are a great match for the local seafood, especially oysters, whereas the three Italian red varieties are great with pizza's, pastas', and around the BBQ. That’s what life is all about - Great food, great wine, great company!
Takatu Lodge Vineyard
Takatu Vineyard lies on what was once an ancient Kauri forest. It has a clay soil and relies on the sub tropical rain fall to irrigate the vines. Each year the variation of rain and sun beating down on the slope of the vineyard determines its own vintage.
The vineyard is relatively small but has a charm of its own, growing five different varieties of grape.
Each drop of wine has taken sunshine, rain and nutrients from the earth, sweat and patience of the human hand and time and testing with our wine maker to bring you the final product.
Matakana Estate has been at the forefront of local winemaking since this premium, boutique wine region was first developed some 30 years ago. From the very beginning, the winery established itself as a producer of top quality wines, attracting attention and plaudits worldwide, and winning a number of awards in international wine competitions.
10 years in the making, Sculptureum is open and visitors have given rave reviews of the galleries and the sumptuous food served at Rothko.
Sculptureum’s wines, have also achieved the highest praise at the London International Wine Challenge – now sold exclusively at Rothko, or taste them at the Festival.
Brick Bay Wines
Brick Bay is our passion; since 1986 our blood, sweat and tears have flowed into the soil of this land, our laughter and stories resonate in the salty sea breezes. This land nurtures us and inspires us. Our vision for the future: environmental stewardship, imagining beauty, achieving intergenerational growth.
Te Rata by Freerange Wines
Our wines are a bit different – in a good kind of way
Te Rata was founded from our passion for making delicious wines true to a certain place – the vineyard, and a particular time – the vintage. They are crafted in small batches from carefully selected organic vineyards, grown in the best regions of New Zealand. We’ve gone out on a winemaking limb to keep our wines preservative free, or at least add the absolute minimum. The result are wines with undeniable liveliness and uncommon vibrancy of flavour.
In order to keep our wines fresh and preservative free we only bottle in small batches.
Te Whai Bay Wines
We are a privately owned boutique vineyard nestled in the foothills of the Brynderwyn range in the Mangawhai wine region. Our vineyard is situated on a hillside terrace in a valley described as Northland's Tuscanny.
We produce handcrafted high quality wines in limited quantities. Our unique range of wines include: Chardonnay, Merlot,Chambourcin Bourdeaux style reds and Pinot Gris.
Omaha Bay Vineyard
OBV produces small quantities of award winning quality wine, including Pinot Gris, Montepulciano, Syrah and many more. A family owned
vineyard and winery, OBV is one of those "must visit" wineries. Try our fine wines in our underground cellar and outside area with spectauclar views over the Hauraki Gulf.
Located on Takatu Road in Matakana.
Phone +64 9 423 0022
All the wines are made with grapes grown in our Mahurangi River Vineyard in the Matakana Wine Region just north of Auckland.
As a small family run operation, our wines celebrate the variations from one vintage to another, which makes each wine unique. In this way we avoid the manufactured uniformity which characterises much of the wine available today.
The free draining iron-rich Matakana clay, warm maritime climate, and superb northerly aspect at Ascension have produced wines that are both widely acclaimed in the press, and keenly sought by wine enthusiasts. Planted in 1996, our four hectares of Ascension’s Vines was one of the first vineyards in the Matakana region. Although young by world standards, we have a selection of traditional and unusual grape varieties plated onsite. The grape varieties cultivated are Merlot, Malbec, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Tannat, Syrah, Chardonnay, Flora, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Also we make our own Sparkling Wine, Port and very popular Rose.
Located down an alleyway away from main street madness is a little bar called Tahi. We love beer, actually we love real beer. Actually we love real beer so much we won't sell you bad beer.You can expect to have your tastebuds re-aligned after a visit to Tahi.
The Matakana Village Pub
Built in 1903 in the what has become the heart of Matakana Village, The Matakana is a bit of an institution. It was built from the timber of a single kauri tree by the village post master and after his death became a boarding house for dairy factory workers. It was a restaurant of note in the 80’s run by a Frenchman with a michelin star tooted on his rump. Three farming couples and three city couples revitalised and upgraded the old girl in 2012 into a cool, relaxed and family friendly village pub. Now in the hands of a new group of enthusiastic owners since April 2016, they plan to continue on the traditions of the pub.
Drop in for a beer, or settle in for the afternoon in our garden bar for a glass of locally-produced wine, a plate of oysters or a hand made burger. Listen to live music or dine with us and try our extensive food and drinks menu including the best steaks in the north chargrilled on our American made Montague Steak Grill.
We are straight up in our brewing.
It’s a real privilege to make beer and gratifying to hold our day's work in a glass.
We want our beer to taste clean and to honour the ingredients. We are in to making styles that have been around for a long time and seeing how they turn out in our hands, and in our brewery. These beers have a heritage and yet making them up north will always give them an edge.
We drink this beer so it matters to us what is in it. No sugar, preservatives or colour. All our beer is unpasteurised which means a shorter shelf life and more vibrant flavour.
This is beer with roots.
One of the best things about the rise of small-batch brewed beers is the return of the 'local' brewery. It's a great way to reflect the locale and lifestyle of a place. Here at McLeod's, keeping it small and 'local' goes hand-in-hand with quality and variety, a fact made evident in our seven-medal win at the 2016 Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Awards.
From Paradise Pale Ale in our core range to our seasonal Hot Curl Hibiscus-Lime Berliner Weisse, we make award-winning beer for every palate, every day. In this slice of heaven we call home, our fans are as diverse as our brews, so our beers are delicious and balanced whatever the style.
Here's to enjoying our beer in your little slice of paradise!
Our beer is inspired by the legendary Kiwi can-do mentality and fellow craft brewers who have dared to challenge the masses and show us all that beer is no longer “just beer”! Expect unique brews, expect ingenuity in flavour. In our permanent line up we have multiple shades of very hoppy IPAs, Saisons, Porters and Stouts.
- Søren Eriksen - Brewer
Our journey began in Matakana in 2009 when our founder Sam decided to try his wine-making hand at making cider. After extensive research we knew the style of cider we liked best. Not just any old ‘made from concentrate’ cider, we wanted to make real cider from real new zealand fruit with patience, craft and quality
Swips Frozen Cocktail
If you are looking for something new, exciting, and refreshing and want to look classy and elegant at the same time, then get your hands on a SWIPS - Frozen Cocktail made in New Zealand.
Premium alcoholic taste sensations, captured in a frozen ice popsicle tube - a classy and fun alternative to enjoy at parties, events, in bars, and special occasions.
MATAKANA WINE GROWERS
The Matakana Winegrowers Association enhances the business interests of our local winegrowers. We have one of the most diverse ranges of grape varieties in the country. The wines of Matakana are constantly evolving and better reflect their sense of place, climate, and affinity with local produce - such as the delicious sweet mineral complexity of our local Mahurangi oysters.