Te Whau Vineyard
Te Whau Vineyard is a truly magnificent wine and food destination. It is situated on an 11 hectare property on Waiheke Island at the eastern headland of Putiki Bay and at the end of Te Whau Peninsula. The vineyard produces very good Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon predominant wines. Te Whau Vineyard is dedicated to environmentally sustainable vineyard management practices, and is currently in the process of converting to fully organic and bio-dynamic viticulture.
These management practices seek to protect the vineyard and surrounding ecosystem through minimal-impact viticulture techniques. Located on the vineyard is a stunning architecturally designed winery/restaurant/wine tasting facility that provides visitors with 360 degree panoramic views of the vineyard, island and coast. Te Whau Vineyard was named, in 2004, one of the thirteen ‘Finest Winery Restaurants in the World’ by Wine International Magazine, London, and in February 2005 The New Zealand Herald newspaper awarded the restaurant a five star rating.
Te Whau wines are available direct from the winery, by mail order and internet, from a small number of specialist independent wine retailers and can be found in some of New Zealand’s best restaurants.
Waiheke Island is renowned for its superlative red wines - Bordeaux-style blends and more recently Syrah. Here at Te Whau we predominantly grow red varieties for our Bordeaux blend, "The Point" and have this available for wine tasting. We are a very small vineyard, one of the smallest in New Zealand and do not buy in grapes from other vineyards, so our tasting is of our own wine, which is also available for sale. Currently we have four different vintages of The Point available for tasting and purchase, a great opportunity to try four wines from the same boutique vineyard but so different due to age and variability of the seasons.
Te Whau Vineyard was established in 1993 by Tony, Moira and Caroline Forsyth. The vineyard was planted in 1996 and our wines, the award-winning The Point and Te Whau Chardonnay were first made in 1999.
In the early 1990s Tony was interested in Waiheke Island and its wines at a time when the first pioneering vineyards on the island were enjoying great success with their Bordeaux style cabernet/merlots. This was a wine Tony loved and he decided to make the plunge buying an abandoned farm on Te Whau Point which had a great north facing slope, perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Moira, being a Chardonnay lover, persuaded him to also plant 1,000 Chardonnay vines on a more gentle slope as well. The stunning view was an added extra for the Forsyths, it was first and foremost the slope that drew them to Te Whau, as the quality of wine is the most important factor in the business.
The early years were spent obtaining the appropriate consents and clearing the slope to prepare it for planting, with all vines planted in the winter of 1996, all by hand, with a small team led by Tony and Caroline and Steve who was to become Vineyard Manager. In 1998 the building of the winery and restaurant was commenced and was ready in time for the first vintage, 1999.
During 2000 Tony and Moira and their two girls left Auckland and the corporate life to move into the winery (which doubles as a small apartment as well) and to open the restaurant. On a frantically busy day in January 2001 the restaurant opened its doors and has grown from strength to strength with its reputation travelling across the world.
Although starting from no experience working with wine or in hospitality, the wine has received rave reviews from its very first vintage and the restaurant has won accolades and awards. The view from Te Whau is a stunning one, looking back over the water to Auckland, the Sky Tower and Rangitoto and from the other side over to Coromandel. This makes it a perfect spot to enjoy great wine and food, sea and vineyard views.
Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant
Our vineyard restaurant is located on the top level of our winery and features fresh New Zealand/Pacific Rim cuisine and one of the finest wine lists in New Zealand. The restaurant, which seats sixty, has spectacular views of Waiheke Island, Rangitoto and the Auckland Isthmus and includes a wine bar/tasting room facility. We also feature contemporary New Zealand art to complement the stunning contemporary architecture of the building.
For more information and our open hours during winter and summer, please tap here: www.tewhau.co.nz/Waiheke-restaurant.aspx