Ransom Wines

Ransom Wines is located off State Highway 1 Warkworth, roughly a 90 minute drive north of Auckland City. It is the first winery on the Matakana wine trail, visitors can enjoy wine tasting, cellar door sales and platters while overlooking the vineyard.

The winery has built a solid reputation for its Bordeaux style reds and Pinot Gris wines. Ransom Wines is a good place to visit, especially if you are looking for a break on a drive to the Bay of Islands.

All the wines are made with grapes grown on site. As a small family run operation, our wines celebrate the variations from one vintage to another, which makes each wine unique. In this way we avoid the manufactured uniformity which characterises much of the wine available today.

Tasting Room

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 4pm

Closed Days


Good Friday

ANZAC Day, 25 April

Christmas Day, 25 December

Boxing Day, 26 December

31 December to 2 January

Our Vineyard

Our vineyard is planted in an area known technically as the “rolling and hilly land soils of the Warkworth soils series”. These soils are best described as well to moderately well-drained iron-rich red sandy clays and sandy clay-loams. Our vineyard, like most others in the region, is planted on a north facing slope – in our case an almost continuous 1 in 10 slope. Our northerly aspect assists soil drainage and maximises sun exposure to the vines. Clay-based soil encourages richness in all the wines and in the reds, a warm, earthy quality.

We do not irrigate our vineyard, so the vines must seek their own water sources. Non-irrigation is considered essential for the production of high-quality wine grapes in the world’s best winegrowing regions, indeed irrigation is prohibited in most of Europe’s best regarded regions.

Valerie Close
New Zealand

P: +64 9 425 8862