In 1996 the significance and viticultural heritage of Te Mata Estate and its vineyards was officially recognized in a unique piece of New Zealand legislation. The ‘Te Mata Special Character Zone’ was formed to commemorate the ‘special ambience, wine making history and micro-climate’ of the area. This certification recognized our vineyards – established in the nineteenth century –  and their heritage value, as New Zealand’s first wine appellation.

It was due to the efforts of the Chamber’s, Buck, Morris and Cowley families, that the potential of this land will noe be protected and preserved for future generations.

For an overview of the area, check out Tim Whittakers 360 degree panorama here

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