Estuary Vineyard was established in 2005 and is situated in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Brynderwyn Hills in Mangawhai, surrounded by boutique vineyards, olive groves and native bush.
The land is lived on and loved by Melanie Bayes, Donato Gallo and their young family. Donato was brought up in Napoli and having his own plot of land near the sparkling Pacific Ocean is a dream come true.
He is attuned to the natural bounties from terra and sea and has become a perfectionist in the vineyard, working in harmony with the seasons and nurturing each plant to help it produce the best possible fruit. Melanie looks after marketing and logistics and helps out with the odd bit of translating when Donato is waxing lyrical at the Cellar Door.
Estuary Vineyard cultivates two types of grape; the ever popular Chardonnay, and Viognier… a lesser known, more aromatic variety.
After hand picking the fruit is processed using traditional methods, capturing the diversity of each season and resulting in unique wines which reflect the tropical Northland conditions and encapsulate the good life lived in this tiny pocket of paradise.
Address: 381 King Road, Mangawhai
Tel: 021 187 4085
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm most days throughout summer and otherwise by appointment