Waiheke Island Wine

Just 35 minutes by ferry from Downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island has become known as New Zealand’s ‘Island of Wine' - home to a dedicated group of award-winning winegrowers who have successfully matched the unique maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties in order to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character. Winegrowers have successfully matched the unique maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties. With a total planted area of just 216 hectares divided among 30 growers, wine production is small and top vintages are keenly awaited with labels such as Goldwater Estate, Stonyridge Larose, Passage Rock and Cable Bay having an international following and most small producers having a loyal mail order clientele. Waiheke is also the ‘Island of wine tourism’, attracting up to 800,000 visitors a year and providing the main economic driver for the island’s 8,000 permanent residents Read more »

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  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Peacock Sky Vineyard

    Peacock Sky Vineyard is located in the centre of Waiheke Island with views across the Hauraki Gul...

  • Man O' War Vineyards

    Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Man O’ War boasts a ...

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Waiheke Island on Snooth

  • D Vogler, I never did get to Waiheke Island when I was in NZ, although I have tasted some of their Cabernets, and I have a Cable Bay Shiraz (from Waiheke Island) from 2010, waiting for an occasion to drink with friends.And yes us Aussies delight in poking fun at everything and generally having a good time. One of our doctors at work is a keen am... Read More

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  • DMcKer,I am rather partial to the Pinot Noir from Central Otago(From fair to ... to ... and Bullnose Shiraz, Waiheke Island Cabernet (Expensive) eg Stonyridge Larose ,Ironclad. Martinborough Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris eg Escarpment,Ata Rangi, Martinborough, Anything from Dry River in Wairarapa. ,Awatere valley Chardonnay eg Neudorf. W... Read More

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  •  We have all heard the sage words when it comes to food pairing: white ... War Exiled Pinot Gris 2010 (Waiheke Island, New Zealand). This wine had some residual sugar, so it was a knockout with the hot and spicy barbecued brisket, and was no wallflower when it came to intensity of flavors.Truth be told, this was only half of our tasting. We al... Read More

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  • Man O' War Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Waiheke Island 2010

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    Hello, I am so temmy are 29 things that have been united in love do to each other they remember, and if they are together not because they forget, it is because .. pls forgive me ."..... temmy38@yahoo.com aoky ot see you I love you ... I felt attracted to you and love you even to this day, so that your soul has spoken to me through your eyes, ev... Read More

    Wine review by temmy38


  • Man O' War Vineyards Syrah Waiheke Island Dreadnought 2008

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    Hello, I am so temmy are 29 things that have been united in love do to each other they remember, and if they are together not because they forget, it is because .. pls forgive me ."..... temmy38@yahoo.com aoky ot see you I love you ... I felt attracted to you and love you even to this day, so that your soul has spoken to me through your eyes, ev... Read More

    Wine review by temmy38


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2007

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    See Ivan Sutherland (Dog Point Vineyard) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#15): www.debramasterofwine.com Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2007

    Snoothrank:

    See Ivan Sutherland (Dog Point Vineyard) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#15): www.debramasterofwine.com Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2007

    Snoothrank:

    See Ivan Sutherland (Dog Point Vineyard) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#15): www.debramasterofwine.com Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2007

    Snoothrank:

    See Ivan Sutherland (Dog Point Vineyard) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#15): www.debramasterofwine.com Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Section 94 2007

    Snoothrank:

    See Ivan Sutherland (Dog Point Vineyard) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#15): www.debramasterofwine.com Read More

    Wine review by Debra Meiburg MW


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