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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
20 August 2015

The team at Matawhero were thrilled to be awarded a Gold Medal & Trophy for their 2014 Church House Chenin Blanc at the 2015 Spiegelau International Wine Competition last week. This follows on from a Gold and Trophy at the Gisborne Regional Wine Awards in May. .... More>