The boutique winery Heron’s Flight is only an hour drive north from Auckland, on the outskirts of the tranquil village of Matakana. The family owned and operated organic producer offers a unique Italian wine experience focusing on growing Italian varieties including Dolcetto and Sangiovese.
Grapes were first planted at Heron’s Flight vineyard and winery in 1987 by David Hoskins and Mary Evans. They opened the first Cellar Door in the region shortly after which they still operate all year around.
Our friends Sara and Willy from the Wine Zealand Project stayed at the boutique producer during harvest this year and created a video portrait about their unique story. Keep scrolling to watch it!
But first we asked Mary a few questions…
What’s your most memorable winemaking moment to date?
Making our first wine, a gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon in 1991 with the help of Joe and Alex Corban and family and friends.
Three top things to do in Matakana
- Walk at Tawharanui and visit the open sanctuary.
- Take a ferry to Kawau Island.
- Visit the wineries in the Matakana region and have a tasting with someone who knows the wines and can tell stories about them.
Watch the Heron’s Flight story here:
Check out our Day in Matakana Wine Country guide for more hot spots in this picturesque wine region.
Photos by Sara & Willy from the Wine Zealand Project.