The greater Auckland region produces smaller quantities than other regions, but certainly makes up for it in quality. Renowned for its eexceptional Pinot Noir, and highly sought-after Syrah, Waiheke’s warm, dry, maritime climate results in intensity, varietal depth and purity of fruit. On the other side of the region, West Auckland’s fertile soils are famous for producing world-class Chardonnays and Merlot in particular. A relatively recent addition to the wine- growing map is Matakana, a pretty, rural town about an hour north of Auckland, which produces stylish Pinot Gris, Syrah and reds.
The metropolitan area of Auckland is located on a volcanic ring, including around 53 volcanic hills, craters and cones. Over the past few millennia, this volcanic soil has weathered away, leaving behind predominantly clay soils, although sandstone, mudstone and silt are also common. Auckland’s sub-regions can vary significantly and while many of the soils provide poor drainage, careful management and clone selection means premium wines can be produced from relatively poor soils.