Matawhero Chardonnay Gisborne beach

Welcome to Matawhero

Discover another side to New Zealand wines through our Gisborne Winery

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 New Zealand winery is one of the oldest and our first vintage was 1975.

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!

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful winery Cellar Door and luxury accommodation in Gisborne.

Welcome to Matawhero – distinctively Gisborne


Special Release

Irwin Chardonnay

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

96 POINTS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit,  95 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! We are a historic New Zealand Winery producing award-winning wines since 1975.

  • Single Vineyard
  • Church House
  • Irwin Chardonnay

Accommodation Gisborne, New Zealand

Located at our Riverpoint Road vineyard (next to our rustic Cellar Door), Matawhero’s modern luxury cabins, each with their own unique story, offer luxury Gisborne accommodation among the vines. Situated only a 10 minute drive from Gisborne city with beautiful views over the vines they are the perfect place to stay for leisure or even a business stay.

Our cellar door

Wine tasting & beautiful vineyard setting

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 . Visit our Cellar Door in Gisborne and enjoy wine tasting amongst the wines. A new addition to our Cellar Door is our luxury accommodation cabins which allows people to stay amongst the vines.

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