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 Zealands 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.