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Established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, Matawhero Wines defied convention and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim and in doing so, changed the face of New Zealand winemaking forever.

Since its first vintage in 1975, Matawhero has produced many excellent and often adventurous wines. Following in Bill's pioneering footsteps, son Denis imparted his own colourful style and won fame for his Gew├╝rztraminer - everyone was drinking it, even the Queen.

Today, revived by the Searle family, Matawhero is true to the founders' determination, producing individualistic wines of world class standard.


Press Release
1 September 2017

The father of modern viticulture and his visionary son have been honoured by Matawhero Wines this month with the release of a flagship Chardonnay that bears the family name.

The limited edition Irwin is a barrel fermented chardonnay from Gisborne. The wine is produced from Mendoza chardonnay vines and immortalizes the late Bill Irwin who imported Mendoza clones to New Zealand in the late 1960s and planted them at Riverpoint Road, Gisborne... read more>