This is the essence of Matakana: wine, food and art combining in a gorgeous, secluded setting. This tucked-away spot is a must-visit, both for first-timers and regular visitors to the region. When you come down the driveway hugging the vineyard, your eyes will be drawn to the glass house seemingly floating on the edge of the lake. It’s shiny and modern yet it also looks completely at home in its environment. This is Brick Bay’s very stylish cellar door and a great place to settle in for a few hours – there’s also a lovely outdoor area.
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The seasonal platters are delicious and there is also estate-grown olive oil and honey available for purchase.
You can’t go past the renowned pinot gris, but also try a new addition to the range – merlot, with its supple mouthfeel and fruit flavours.
The Sculpture Trail is a clear highlight here – with around 45 exhibits, it’s an ever-changing outdoor art gallery, with all the pieces for sale. A gentle stroll around the beautiful trail will take at least an hour – more if you’re continually stopping to marvel and take photographs – and the last entry is at 4pm, so make sure to plan your visit accordingly.