Cuisine Wine

Matua Wines

This is a lovely place to visit for a weekend drive, though it’s also worth making a midweek visit, if you can spare the time, for the chance to see the winery when it’s calm and serene. The cellar door is an elegantly refurbished heritage building, formerly The Hunting Lodge restaurant, and it sits on an elevated spot next to the winery. You’ll be tempted to sit outside and linger.

Things To Know
This is the birthplace of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The first commercial release was back in 1974 and Matua Valley continues to make some of the country’s finest examples. There are cheese platters available, and you are also welcome to bring your own picnic.

Our Picks
All the classic varietals are available and are excellent, but the chardonnay and pinot noir are particularly outstanding.

Keep an eye on their website for details of concerts and “pizza and pinot” nights over summer.