Hyperion in Greek mythology was the Sun God, hence the effect of sun and light on the vineyard.
Hyperion Wines is a genuine boutique vineyard and winery producing traditionally crafted wines exclusively from the Matakana winegrowing region, just an hour north of Auckland New Zealand.
The tiny home vineyard is planted in classic grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Pinot Noir with all fruit processed on site in a character converted cowshed. Wines include Bordeaux straight varietals and blends, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Rose, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Port and Grappa are also made on the premises, the latter in conjunction with Castle Matakana.
Winemaker John Crone, is ex the computer industry with a degree in Chemical Engineering and set up the Hyperion operation with his wife Jill in 1994.
Our winemaking philosophy is to intervene as little as possible in the natural process. This results in wines that reflect each vintage in an individual way.
You can taste and purchase directly from the winery in Matakana which is open on weekends and public holidays, plus most of the school Xmas holidays. At other times please make an appointment Ph: 09 422 9375.
Group tasting are conducted in our barrel room with a talk (usually by the winemaker) and tasting of 5-6 wines with optional winery tour. The charge for this $8 per person and must be booked in advance
Established in 1994, Hyperion Wines consists of a tiny vineyard located on the warm clay/clay loam slopes of the Matakana district. Plantings are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, together with Pinot Noir and Malbec, while some Pinot Gris and Chardonnay is sourced from another local vineyard planted by us. The vineyard and winery are located at the end of Tongue Farm Road past Morris & James Pottery and Café, just beyond the Matakana shops junction.
The Winery is a converted cowshed surrounded by rustic farm buildings, a quietly idyllic pastoral location with panoramic views from the vineyard. Visitors are welcome for tours and tasting on weekends and holidays.
The vineyards and wine label are named after the mythological Greek sun god, Hyperion, who projects a powerful sun and light image. One of the Titans, from the union of Gaia (the Earth from whom all produce flows) and Uranus (the Heavens), Hyperion pre dated his son Helios as the Sun God.
The connection with the vineyard is the visual and beneficial effect of sun and light on the grape vines. Hyperions offspring are Helios the Sun, Selene the Moon and Eos the Dawn, each in their turn providing warmth, coolness and moisture, all factors affecting viticulture. We are now using Hyperions family as sub names to distinguish between our various wines.
Hyperion is also the subject of John Keats greatest and most ambitious poetic work which remained unfinished....
- In 1998, an outstanding vintage year, the first vintage of Hyperion "Gaia" Merlot won a Gold Medal & Trophy in the 'Merlot Predominant' category in the Easter Show 2000. This 100% Merlot was rated 96/100 and top Australasian Merlot by Australian wine guru, James Halliday in 2001.
- Our top wine "the Titan", made from some of the oldest vines in Matakana, has also achieved considerable success.