Our vineyard stretches across 33 gently sloped acres overlooking Rangihoua Bay. The rolling vineyard is framed by farmland, lush native bush and regenerated wetlands. In 2007, the first Syrah and Chardonnay vines were planted at The Landing. Since then, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been added.
Since 2010, The Landing Vineyard and Winery has produced boutique vintages of Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Rosé and Port. All of these vintages have won several awards and received significant accolades from respected wine critics. In 2020, our winery opened, allowing us to craft our wines from seed to barrel to bottle at The Landing.
Northland is one of the rising stars of New Zealand wine-growing, with a warm and sometimes frisky coastal climate that The Landing’s winemaker Ben Byrne believes can produce wines to compete with the best in the world.“Many of the best Old World vintages come from variable climates and marginal sites where the vines have to work a little harder,”he says.
The Landing’s vineyard is sited in a protective cradle of hills, enjoying a sheltered aspect. Through the long, balmy days of summer, sea breezes off Rangihoua Bay keep the vines dry as their roots tunnel deep into the undulating clay and sandstone soils for groundwater, drawing up minerals that give our wines complexity.
Northland’s ideal wine-growing conditions were first noted over 200 years ago by the missionary Reverend Samuel Marsden He established the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand on the Purerua Peninsula and planted New Zealand’s first grapevines nearby at Kerikeri in 1819.
Since the founding of The Landing Wines, we have honoured the area’s pioneering spirit and respected the land’s beauty and abundance by nurturing and restoring it through sustainable viticulture.
”New Zealand promises to be very favourable to the vine […] Should the vine succeed, it will prove of vast importance to this part of the globe.Reverend Samuel Marsden, Bay of Islands, 26 September, 1819