La Dolce Vita at Heron’s Flight in Matakana

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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.

Heron's Flight Matakana

Heron’s Flight 2016 Vintage Crew

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…

Hi Mary, thanks a lot for your time. What’s your signature wine?
Our Sangiovese Amphora wine which received 5 stars in the Listener by Michael Cooper and was also featured by Jo Burzynska in Viva.

Heron's Flight Matakana

Heron’s Flight Dolcetto Vines

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.

Heron's Flight Matakana

Heron’s Flight Volare Wine

Three top things to do in Matakana

Watch the Heron’s Flight story here:

Find out more about Heron’s Flight on their website and make sure you follow them on Facebook.

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.


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