First Vintage




First vineyards planted



Bernard Chambers



Early Plantings



Gold Medal 1907



Early Staff






john and Michael



Coleraine a Wine Legend



Coleraine sets collection records



The giant Rongokako proved his love for beautiful Hinerakau by attempting to eat a pathway through the hills to the sea. He died beside his final bite. His body is the high peaks of Te Mata O Rongokako – the silhouette of Rongokako – our Sleeping Giant.

Te Mata Estate is a winery of place. Gifted this name by Ngāti Kahungunu, our vineyards and winery were established in these hills in the nineteenth century. Over the Pacific the sun rises each day to shine on one this unique winemaking site. Morning mists form the soft, white-feather cloak proud Hinerakau laid across the giant among us, Te Mata O Rongokako – a chief who died for his people, and for love.

The History

Te Mata Estate was originally part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land-holding established by English immigrant, John Chambers, in 1854. A homestead and stables were built on the property in the early 1870’s.

After returning from France, John Chamber’s third son, Bernard, had the idea to plant vineyards on the north-facing hills around Havelock North. In 1892, Bernard Chambers planted vines on three parcels of hillside land above the homestead and began converting the original stables to ferment and mature these first Te Mata Estate Wines. Today, Te Mata Estate still uses those same three vineyards.

The Chambers family sold the property in 1919. Te Mata Vineyards (TMV) was established and the property had two other owners until it was acquired by the Buck and Morris families in 1974 – the two families behind the modern interpretation of this historic New Zealand estate.

Conservation & Sustainability

Te Mata Estate is committed to improving its performance in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme.

SWNZ was established in 1995 as an industry initiated program directed through New Zealand Winegrowers. SWNZ aims to minimize any impact on the environment in the vineyard and winery and to continually monitor and reduce the use of power, water and fuel resources.

As the program was rolled out Te Mata Estate’s vineyards were amongst the first to be accredited in 1995, as was the winery in 2005, when we were part of a very small initial group having all vineyards and the winery accredited.

Every Te Mata Estate wine displays the SWNZ symbol as your assurance that all of our wine production, from vine to bottle, is fully audited and accredited.


The buildings at Te Mata Estate are proof of the commitment to local materials, innovation and style made on this historic property over the last two centuries.

The stables, constructed in the 1870s and converted into a winery by the Chambers family in the 1890s, are today the centre of Te Mata Estate’s winemaking. Constructed from handmade and hand-fired bricks dug from local clay and pit sawn native timber, this building today provides us with cool cellaring space as well as our white wine fermentation room. A first year barrel hall with a Matai roof was added in the 1930s.

In the 1980s, Architect Ian Athfield, who had designed John and Wendy Buck’s distinctive home in the Coleraine vineyard, was asked to extend the existing winery buildings.

A Special Place

Hawke’s Bay is a very special place for making wine. Its range of slopes, plains and climatic differences, coupled with low humidity and ample ultra-violet light, give winemakers a comprehensive toolkit to showcase their skills.

Soils are young and derived from the gravels, silt and sands left behind as the three main rivers of Hawke’s Bay changed course over thousands of years. Te Mata Estate was established here in 1896, specialising in high-quality wines of classical style. Every step in the production of our wines is undertaken by us, from grape growing and pruning through to winemaking and bottling.

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