Runner Duck Estate

Runner Duck Estate is a 3 hectare boutique vineyard located near Warkworth, a town that pays homage to the duck. It was planted in 2003 and comprises about 1.5 hectares of Syrah, with the remainder being in Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot allowing Runner Duck Estate to begin producing a pure Bordeaux varietal and Syrah.

Our sole objective is to produce a small amount of truly ‘iconic’ red wine that is experienced amongst the world’s discerning wine drinkers. We have the ability and the commitment to be completely uncompromising throughout the entire process. Unless the year is an outstanding one, we simply will not produce wine under our label. Our commitment to great quality wines sees them in barrel for at least two years and in bottle for at least 6 months to ensure well-seasoned and balanced drinkable wine production.

Tasting Room

Runner Duck Estate's Cellar Door is situated at their restaurant Plume, 49a Sharp Road, Matakana.

Plume's Cellar Door is open daily for wine tastings or to pick up the wine for your drinking pleasure or to add to your wine cellar.

Being a vineyard restaurant how could we not provide you with the opportunity to taste the French-inspired Runner Duck red Wines alongside the NZ selection of whites and Rose at our Cellar Door in a beautiful vineyard setting and a splendid decored cellar door. Plume the vineyard restaurant, Matakana has three types of tastings all at different pricing, each providing you with an opportunity to taste different combinations as seen below. Spend a fun relaxing time with our wine experts sipping different varieties with specialised attention and care as you do. Free Tastes of our premium flights are also available at the Cellar Door.

Our Vineyard

The 3 hectare boutique vineyard located at 37 Duck Creek Road in the Matakana appellation was planted in 2003. The vineyard comprises about 1.5 hectare of Syrah, with the remainder being in Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot allowing Runner Duck Estate to produce a pure Bordeaux varietal,a Syrah and a Rose. Another 0.5ha plot at Plume on Sharp road planted in the early 90s produces a crop of Sangiovaise. Runner Duck also produces a semi dry Pinot gris in each year. Ofcourse Runner Ducks commitment to quality wines will not allow it to produce wines from substandard years.

The distinct brand, apart from the fortuitous link with the nationality and historic career of the Runner Duck Estate’s owners, reflects the shape of the Indian Runner Duck, a breed of duck often linked to the shape of a wine bottle!

Our History

Clyde and Farida made a life decision when they decided to leave behind a successful business in colourful Mumbai and pursue their passion for food and wine in New Zealand. Falling in love with Matakana and its surrounding landscape, they purchased their vineyard, Runner Duck Estate on Duck Creek road.

While Clyde’s devotion to the land and the vineyard sees him spend most of his time amidst the vines, Farida’s excitement for flavour and interest in culinary cultures led the Coopers to invest in Plume, the vineyard restaurant, Matakana (formerly Heron’s Flight) purchasing the property at 49A, Sharp Road.

With Farida’s, Plume’s Restaurant Manager, passion for global cuisine and Clyde’s knowledge and love for wine it seemed an obvious choice that Plume should hold the Cellar Door for Runner Duck Estate.

Plume Restaurant

Superbly situated in a spectacular vineyard location in the grape-growing region of Matakana, just north of Auckland, Plume offers glorious 180-degree views of vineyards, fields, valleys and mountains.

Offering both indoor and patio dining, we are open for Lunch Wed to Sun 11am-3pm, Wine Tastings 11am – 4pm Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday, Dinner 6pm onwards on Friday and Saturday.

In the peak summer holidays from 27th December to Anniversary Weekend we are open daily for lunch and Wednesday to Saturday nights for dinner

We are closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

If you have a group and would like to come for lunch or dinner on another day or night please contact us as we will happily open for you by special arrangement.

The menu changes seasonally to capture the very best of the seasonal produce from local purveyors. Vegetarian options are always available. Gluten free can be provided on specific request and advanced intimation is advisable.

The entire facility can be booked for your exclusive use, or the Restaurant, Wine Library, larger Rengarenga Room and The Nest can all be booked separately.

37 Duck Creek Road

P: +64 9 422 7915