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Omaha Bay Vineyard

From this hilltop spot you can look down towards the Matakana countryside with its village, farms and native bush, or turn around and take in the views of Little Barrier Island and the Hauraki Gulf. The cellar door-winery boasts sturdy concrete walls and heavy wooden beams and frames, reassuringly solid when the wind gusts on this exposed point. Inside is well spaced and inviting, and opens onto a courtyard that catches the sun all day.

Things to know
Mostly estate-grown grapes are used but Omaha Bay also sources fruit from other regions to complement its range. The pride of the vineyard is undoubtedly its syrah, which occupies half of the red grape plantings. They also grow montepulciano – the resulting full-bodied wine is a highlight.

Our picks
The effervescent, sparkling flora might tickle your fancy, or try the region’s signature grape, syrah, with dark berry fruits and spice.