Matawhero Chardonnay Gisborne beach

Welcome to Matawhero

Discover another side to New Zealand wines

Our climate boasts long hot summers and rich fertile plains that meander towards secluded surf beaches.

Fertile soils allow our region to grow an abundance of produce, but we grow grapes because it is part of our origins, history and the legacy we have chosen to build on.

Our vineyards are 100% naturally dry farmed and we only grow our grapes using natural rainfall and no irrigation. What we love about dry farming is we are saving a precious resource like water and it also explains the style of wine we get in the glass with superior fruit flavours and a lovely weight and texture!

Welcome to Matawhero – distinctively Gisborne…


Special wine Release

Irwin Chardonnay

In an exceptional vintage, where superior ripeness is achieved, we hand craft this limited release barrel fermented style of Gisborne Chardonnay. This flagship wine is a tribute to the late Bill Irwin and son Denis, the founders of Matawhero Wines.

96 POINTS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 5 STARS – Michael Cooper  & 93 POINTS – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier


Naturally dry-farmed for more intense

grape flavours

in our wines.

We rely on our natural rainfall to grow our grapes. Our vines entrench themselves deeply in our fertile soils and are exposed the true terroir of our land.






Trophies, Gold Medals and 5 Stars

Our Wines

Crafting bold, distinct and vibrant wines, we ensure Matawhero’s legendary style live on in every bottle!

  • Single Vineyard
  • Church House
  • Irwin Chardonnay
  • First Sun Rosé Magnum


Located at our Riverpoint Road vineyard next to our rustic Cellar Door, Matawhero’s luxury cabins, each with their own unique story, offer boutique accommodation among the vines.

Our cellar door

Tasting Room & Winery Events

Imagine yourself surrounded by vines and olive trees under the shade of our glorious walnut tree as you sample our wines and enjoy a gourmet antipasto platter!

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