Matakana Wine Trail

378 Whitmore Road
Warkworth, Rodney District, Auckland,
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Our tiny estate vineyard is on a quite steep NE slope of well draining clay on the Tawharanui Peninsula, some 5 kms east of Matakana. This truly maritime location affords beautiful views of islands in Kawau Bay to the Hauraki Gulf beyond. The local sea breezes circulate the often slightly salty air through the vines helping to offset the effects of the region's humidity. Although much of the land in this region was in well fertilised dairy or beef farms, for the previous ten years this piece of land was a goat farm with little or no fertiliser applications and this assists the control of the vigour of the canopy. To assure good drainage even in prolonged wet spells the site was mole-ploughed prior to planting. We planted the vines in the spring of 1998 at 1m vine spacing and 1.8m between each of the 26 North-South rows. At the end of each row is one of Val's favourite rose bushes which provide fresh blooms for the luxury B&B accommodation rooms for several months of each year. The grape varietals planted Read more »

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