Wineries of North West Auckland
If you are fond of a glass of wine, a good meal and some time out in beautiful surroundings, whether it be a day out, overnight or a couple of nights, base yourself at the Vineyard Cottages in Waimauku and explore the hidden wineries of North West Auckland.
Here is a peak and small glimpse into our nearest (and dearest) local vineyards.
For a deeper view into these wineries, keep an eye out for ‘Spotlight on’ feature on our blog soon.
Soljans Estate Winery sits on State Highway 16 and is the first of the North West wineries that you lay your eyes on. Soljans has been family owned for three generations since 1937, making them the third oldest family winery that is still family run!
In their vineyard, right on their property here in Kumeu, they grow Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinotage, all 3 varieties excelling in the Kumeu region. The majority of the Soljans wines are are developed from grapes sourced from regions that they grow best, but their Pinot Gris especially is not only produced here but also grown on the very vineyard They also produce sparking varieties and their Soljans Estate Fusion Sparkling wine is New Zealand’s Most-Awarded sparkling wine.
Make sure that you visit their cellar door for a tasting or even book yourself a tour. The Cellar door is open 9am - 5pm daily and bookings for tours are a must (minimum of 10 people)
The Hunting Lodge, is the closest winery to us here at the Vineyard Cottages and they are literally our neighbours, right behind us, here at the Vineyard Cottages, just a skip and a stones throw over the vineyard, is the Hunting Lodge. There is huge history here and even our land here at the Vineyard Cottages used to be part of the massive vineyard that The Hunting Lodge (formally known as Matua) encompassed and was part of the vineyard. The Hunting Lodge grounds currently occupies a unique 80 acres and it’s history goes deep with the original site being the first Sauvignon Blanc was commercially grown in New Zealand by the Spence brothers from 1974.
The Hunting Lodge’s cellar door next door is definitely worth a visit with 11 wines being available for tastings, opening hours are as follows Monday- Friday & Sunday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am -6pm.
West Brook is closely located to the Vineyard Cottages, also being located in the Waikoukou Valley of Waimauku. West Brook too has a long history, but only been at its current location since 1999. It all started when Mick Ivicevich arrived in New Zealand and through generations the love for winemaking has been passed down. Nowadays West Brook is a boutique winery that combines traditional winemaking methods complimented by modern techniques. Grown on their micro-climate vineyard in Waimauku are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Malbec. Join them in their cellar-door Monday - Sunday from 11am - 5pm with a their selection of wines.
Coopers Creek Vineyard was founded in 1980 by Andrew and Cynthia Hendry when the New Zealand wine industry was still small, Andrew and Cynthia had a goal of producing the very highest quality wines, reflecting New Zealand’s climate and viticulture conditions. Located just north of Huapai in the north west region of Auckland their purchased land of 4 hectares was planted with chardonnay and merlot vines. Two years later, they had produced their first vintage. By the mid 1980’s, their business had grown and they expanded by purchasing a second vineyard site in the Hawkes Bay.
Cooper's Creek's philosophy has always been to source grapes from the regions where they grow best and this is reflected in the wines produced.
With many award winning wines to their name, they are still a family business but with 20 plus staff and exporting to over twenty countries worldwide, but their origins are still as important to them as ever.
Their cellar door in Huapai is now a popular place to visit and taste their fine wine, open 7 days a week from 9:30 - 5:30 on weekdays and 10:30 - 5:30 on weekends.
Kerr Farm Vineyard, located at 8 Dysart Lane in Kumeu produces boutique, estate grown only wines; Chardonnay, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Rosé and proudly one of the only Sauvignon Blancs left to be grown and produced in Auckland. Since 1989, Kerr Farm Vineyard on their 23 gently sloping acres rolling to the north east with what seems the perfect amount of rainfall and lots and lots of the sun rays have been producing cases and cases of wine.
Their cellar-doors are open every weekend from 11am - 5pm.
Kumeu River Wines, located just as you enter Kumeu on State Highway 16 encompasses 130 hectares of vineyards. From the pioneering and early winemaking days, the Brajkovich family are recognised as world class wine makers of award winning Chardonnays. Today, Kumeu River Wines produces around 250,000 bottles annually, both from their own vineyard in Kumeu and from local growers. In 2017, Kumeu River Wines acquired their first major vineyard site outside of Kumeu- the Rays Road vineyard in the Hawkes Bay.
Kumeu River Wines is open Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30, Saturdays 11am - 4:30 and closed Sundays.
The wine making history of North West Auckland is definitely a fascinating one and each winery itself has such a unique history. We will be looking at each on in more detail over the next few months, so keep an eye out on the blog for more in depth storytelling about our local vineyards and wineries. Basing yourself out of the Vineyard Cottages to explore this wine region is ideal.
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