About Ascension Wine Estate
Ascension Wine Estate is a beautifully situated amongst the vines of Matakana, just 45 minutes north of Auckland. With our own rustic cellar door and function center we are the perfect location for wine tasting and tours, functions and handcrafted boutique wines. We host concerts, immaculate weddings and stylish corporate events in the Belfry our fully self-contained function center, as well many locations stretched over our estate.
Service and luxury is the main focus point and to provide, cuisine and wine to our guests in the old European style. Savor our delicious pastas and risottos or improve your wine knowledge with our trained cellar door staff.
Enjoy the Auckland sun with a glass of handcrafted wine and enjoy our stunning rural scenery and our beautiful gardens, while nibbling some delicious platters. We look forward to hosting you here and sharing this unique part of New Zealand with you.
What they say
"Spontaneous lunch which was a delicious surprise."
Juzzy Hall - Auckland, New Zealand
"I celebrated my 60th birthday with a family lunch at Ascension.The food was innovative, delicious, beautifully presented and the service was excellent."
Jennifer Coleman - Melbourne, Australia
"The wine was superb very romantic atmosphere the staff were wonderful friendly and helpful I would definately recommend this restaurant."
Varina H - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"Staff were fantastic - friendly and prompt, and food and wine was delicious."
Jillian S - Auckland Region, New Zealand
"WOW - This was a surprise! Without exception, the food was individually prepared, tasty and interesting. This is definitely going to be a local favourite."
Ann C - Warkworth, New Zealand
"Best meal I've had in many a year - congratulations chef, so good I could have lifted the plate and licked it, thankful someone still had some bread left so I didn't have too"
Michael P - Auckland Region, New Zealand
Wine & Vine
The free draining iron-rich Matakana clay, warm maritime climate, and superb northerly aspect at Ascension have produced wines that are both widely acclaimed in the press, and keenly sought by wine enthusiasts. Planted in 1996, our four hectares of Ascension’s Vines was one of the first vineyards in the Matakana region. Although young by world standards, we have a selection of traditional and unusual grape varieties plated onsite. The grape varieties cultivated are Merlot, Malbec, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Tannat, Syrah, Chardonnay, Flora, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Also we make our own Sparkling Wine, Port and very popular Rose. As purity is essential to us, we believe in the traditional old European ways. Our Vines are pruned and our grapes picked by the very hands of our dedicated vineyard team to produce small intensely flavored crops. Our grapes are lovingly crafted into small batches of very individual wines that enhance food and develop with time. Each glass bares not only its own distinct flavor, but carries all four seasons’ weather. All of our wines are available for tasting and of course, purchasing at our Cellar Door, or enjoy at your table at our Osteria Restaurant. We also welcome our visitors to walk amongst the vines and savor our peaceful setting.
Cellar door & Gift shop working hours
Note: Wine tasting , great wine selections , local honey and olive oils plus small platters with cured meat and cheese
Ascension Restaurant: Wednesday to Sunday for platters and wines only.
Cellar Door: Wednesday to Sunday for Wine Tasting and Wine Tours.
11am and 4pm
*Wine Tours, by appointment only, groups of 4 upwards. Booking via firstname.lastname@example.org
RESTAURANT WORKING HOURS: 1st of November till 1st of May
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