Matahiwi is sheltered by the Tararuas mountain range and enjoys a long and dry growing season with balmy warm days and pleasantly cool nights. The climate and the exposed stony sub-soils make the area ideal for growing grapes.
At Matahiwi Estate, we understand it takes more than just good soil and an agreeable climate to produce great wine. It takes team work, passion and a shared vision. The united collaboration between Alastair and winemaker Jane Cooper has built a successful business creating wines that have the Matahiwi hallmarks of balanced flavours, mouth-filling texture and a lingering finish.
Romeo Bragato, an Italian viticulturist & oenologist, was contracted by New Zealand’s Department of Agriculture in 1895 to advise on planting & pruning vines in New Zealand, from which he reported the ideal growing conditions that the Wairarapa & other regions in New Zealand offered potential grape growers.
French wife of early settler, William Beetham, was so inspired by our region when she left her Burgundian homeland to live in New Zealand,1880s and produced the region’s first Pinot Noir vintage in 1897. Prohibition came into force in the late 1900’s which saw an end to winemaking in the region.
Our Logo – The Phoenix
We adopted the mythical scared firebird, the Phoenix, which has long been seen as a symbol of renewal as our logo. The Matahiwi Phoenix symbolises the rebirth of winemaking in the area for the first time since prohibition.
On returning to New Zealand in 1998, Alistair Scott’s vision was to establish a wine company capable of producing world-class wines and to this day that vision has not changed.
As a Pinot Noir enthusiast, Alastair has focused his efforts on this notoriously complicated but delicious variety. He planted Matahiwi’s 80-hectare single vineyard with 60% Pinot Noir and the balance with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Alastair and Jane share a vision and a passion to make wines to reflect a purity of fruit and a sense of place by staying true to the characteristics of the local area.
If you have questions for any other region, please do not hesitate to ask us.