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  • Matakana wineries may be pushing the boundaries, but the results are better than ever.

    Issue 3910 16th Apr 2015

    “It’s where we are that makes the difference,” enthuse the winegrowers of Matakana, less than an hour’s drive north of Auckland. With its lovely hills, fields and vineyards, the district has been compared to Tuscany. After a couple of days visiting the wine producers in the area, I came away with two main impressions. A new breed of young professional winemakers is ushering in a new era of Matakana wines, which are fresher, more vibrantly fruity and downright more enjoyable than ever. But they need to address a basic problem. Many of “Matakana’s” vineyards are actually in Mahurangi, …
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