Matakana is a small New Zealand town situated 10km east of Warkworth and less than one hour's drive north of Auckland.
Almost all the vineyards are on slopes, which helps to drain the clay soils. Traditionally a red wine growing region there are now some outstanding white wines - especially Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. However the classic red varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese have shown consistent excellence.
(More information: www.matakanawine.com)