Ascension Wine Estate
Ascension Vineyard is owned and operated by Darryl and Bridget Soljan. Generations of the Soljan family have been making wine in New Zealand since the 1930s, and in the words of Darryl and Bridget life is too short to drink boring wine. Ascension vineyard was planted in the mid 1990s, and is situated on a steep north facing hillside in the iron rich soils of Matakana north of Auckland City. This situation combined with a warm maritime climate and meticulous vineyard management result in high quality wines that are both widely acclaimed in the press, and keenly sought by wine enthusiasts.
Key varieties include Riesling and Viognier. Production is small, just 4,000 cases per year, and sells out quickly mainly to cellar visitors and mail order clients. The Sojon’s insist that the best way to enjoy their wines is on a visit to the vineyard which includes an award winning restaurant and regularly plays host to events and outdoor concerts that range from jazz and opera, to comedy and contemporary music.
The restaurant and cellar door are open seven days a week from 11.00am to 4.00pm on weekdays and from 11.00am to 5.00pm on weekends.
At the heart of this business is a passion to grow the very best grapes, make the finest wine and share it with friends, family and visitors. Our passion is boutique wine, delicious food and old-fashioned hospitality we hope you enjoy your visit.
Our head Chef Pedraig originally comes from Croatia where he grew up on a farm. He learnt about horticulture and agriculture, as well as cooking, preserving, and making charcuterie from his parents. His style is contemporary, using modern technology, elements of molecular gastronomy, foraging for rare ingredients, and specialising in Charcuterie. He makes many of the cured meats on our tasting platters himself using traditional techniques passed down to him by his family.