A large, important and very diverse region, home to New Zealand’s biggest wine companies and tiny boutique vineyards, both of which produce some of its finest wines.
Spread across a large, geographically diverse area, the Auckland wine region encompasses the distinctive vineyard island of Waiheke, the historic West Auckland sub-regions of Henderson, Kumeu/Huapai/Waimauku and stretches north to the coastal enclave of Matakana, and south to Clevedon’s rolling hills. Award-winning Gewürztraminer is even crafted next to Auckland’s International Airport.
Established in the early 1900s by Croatian, Lebanese and English winemakers whose legacy and names endure today: Babich, Brajkovich, Corbans, Delegat’s, and Nobilo to name just a few, while Auckland’s current acreage is considerably smaller, magnitude remains in its collective experience, presence of significant wine companies and not least, exciting, high-quality wines over its length and breadth.
Whilst difficult to generalise across such varied terroirs, the sub-regions are united by a few common factors: volcanic, clay-rich soils, a temperate maritime climate and significantly, proximity to NZ’s largest, most economically important city.
Home to powerful, intense reds – Bordeaux-blends in the north and on Waiheke (which also has thrilling Syrah) – plus world-class Chardonnay and fine aromatics, the modern Auckland wine industry continues to shine.
Source: New Zealand Winegrowers – nzwine.com
Wineries and Vineyards of the Auckland Region