New Zealand’s Greatest Winery – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
New Zealand First Growth – Decanter, UK
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
The range of temperature and soil types, allied with the rainfall band between 650-850mm, create conditions to produce high quality wines of a classic range akin to those of coastal, central and northern France. Te Mata wines are similar in weight and balance but with unique lifted floral and fruit aromas.
Te Mata winery has been ranked the 'Top Winery in New Zealand' as shown by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bullnose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay.