Matariki Wines

Matariki Wines was founded in 1977 from small plantings, with a passionate belief in making fruit-driven world class wines of elegance and power. Matariki is owned by Taurus Wine Group on behalf of John O’Connors family.

Matariki, a cluster of stars that sits in the constellation Taurus, is a story of new beginnings. The stars arrival in the winter night sky announces the beginning of the Maori New Year.

Matariki Wines is a premium producer of classic Gimblett Gravels based wines from the heart of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s warmest wine producing region. It is a family business, 100% owned by New Zealanders

Our aim has been from the outset to make distinctly different, international class wines, exhibiting both elegance and complexity. This is achieved not only by careful attention to detail and management during each vintage but also from the initial planning of the vineyard. As the soil is the soul of the vineyard, John carefully analysed the soil structure and contours of the vineyard, prior to any planting. He then matched each unique plot to a selected classic grape variety. We believe the uniqueness and success of the wines is attributed to this.

With adversity comes strength and we are all passionately committed to developing our traditions with this new beginning for Matariki.

Wine Awards

  • Matariki Quintology 2000 (Liquorland Top 100 2002, Top 100)
  • Matariki Chardonnay 2001 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Matariki Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2003 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Matariki Chardonnay 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Matariki Hawkes Bay Reserve Chardonnay 2000 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2003, Award Winning Wines)
  • Matariki Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2003, Award Winning Wines)
  • Matariki Late Harvest Riesling 2004 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2006, Award Winning Wines)
  • MATARIKI RESERVE SYRAH 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • Matariki Chardonnay 2001 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Matariki Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Matariki Wines Pinot Noir 2004 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Matariki Reserve Syrah 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Matariki Wines Aspire Chardonnay 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2005, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Matariki Wines Matariki Blanc de Blanc 2002 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Matariki Pinot Noir 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Matariki Reserve Syrah (International Wine Challenge 2008)
  • Matariki 2007 Chardonnay, 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Matariki 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Matariki 2007 Pinot Noir (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Matariki Aspire 2007 Merlot Cabernet, 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2010)

24 Porter Drive
Havelock North

M: +64 21 585 811

CONTACT: John O'Connor