Discover another side to New Zealand wine! The Matawhero journey started with two NZ wine pioneers from the 1960s. Today, the story continues around the drive and determination of Richard and Kirsten Searle who purchased the iconic winery and vineyards in 2008. Their love of their region run deep, and our vines are the first in the world to greet to new day. Good spring rainfall and long dry summers, combined with both alluvial and heavier clay soils, allow us to dry farm our vineyards. Growing grapes with natural rainfall created our distinctive fruit-driven wines with weight and intensity.