Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay
This is New Zealand’s oldest winery, dating from the early 1890’s. Vines were first planted at Te Mata Estate in 1892 on three parcels of hillside land above the homestead. Today, Te Mata Estate still utilises those original three vineyards to produce its most famous wines; Coleraine, Awatea and Elston. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John & Wendy Buck who have been co-owners of Te Mata Estate since 1978. All the original vineyards have been replanted. The estate is situated in Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand’s North Island. The region is famous for its gravel soils similar to those in part of Bordeaux’s Left Bank, so it’s no surprise then, that the flagship wines from Te Mata are long-lived Bordeaux red blends as well as a very impressive barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc.