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Ascension Wine Estate

This popular place on the main road to Matakana continues to attract plenty of casual travellers as well as wine and food enthusiasts. The impressive site is spacious and you’ll love the rustic charm, the wide range of wines and the good food. The grounds include a beautifully tended courtyard garden, water fountain and expansive lawn, with a backdrop of the home vineyard. This is a fabulous place to have a long lunch.

Things to know
The self-contained function space can cater for all kinds of events, and look out for concerts held throughout the year.

Our picks
The juicy, fragrant flora (a rare grape that’s a relative of gewurztraminer) is an instant hit with visitors. Those who love soothing reds should try The Twelve Apostles Merlot.

Ascension osteria
Formerly The Larder, this Italian-inspired restaurant is an exciting addition to the region, and offers a la carte options, popular platters and small plates for sharing.
Hours  7 days lunch 11am-4pm, Thurs-Sun dinner 6pm-10pm