Matahiwi Estate Winery

+64 6 370 1000 48 Paierau Road
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The vision The dream of owning a winery capable of producing world-class wine was nurtured in London and Tokyo, and translated into the reality of Matahiwi Estate in the late 1990s. Wellington-raised, former investment banker Alastair Scott had always fancied a wine cellar. Sampling a range of wines styles while working in London sparked interest further at a time when Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc was first making international waves. Any potential vineyard venture had to make sound economic sense so the Pinot Noir aficionado "parked the idea" for several years and finally left Tokyo in 1997 to put the foundations in place. Alastair returned to Wellington and planted vines on a former dairy farm at Opaki, north of Masterton, in the neighbouring Wairarapa. He brought his grape-growing plan forward five years after winemaker Jane Cooper spontaneously knocked on his door in 2002 to ask when he planned to build his winery. At that time he had not yet picked any fruit, but she had done her homework on local viticutural Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Matahiwi Estate Pinot Noir Wairarapa 2006


    Benchmark Kiwi Pinot IMHO. New Zealand funk on the nose and cola and raspberry flavors on the palate. I paid $17.99 and would purchase again. Read More

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