The New Zealand Waiheke Island (North Island) Winery was founded in 1978 by former fashion photographer Kim Goldwater. They planted the first on the Auckland northwest offshore island of Waiheke Iceland from France imported vines with today 14 hectares of vineyards. Due to the great success, a viniculture boom has developed on the island, in the meantime there are already 30 vineyards there. In 1992, more vineyards were added to around 35 acres in the area Marlborough and in the year 2000 in the area Hawke's Bay created with eight acres. More vineyards with 28 hectares are planned in the area Awatere. The wines are made from the varieties Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vinified. The flagship is the Bordeaux blend Cabernet-Merlot Waiheke Island, which already has numerous national and international awards, as well as high ratings, such as in the magazine Wine Spectator has achieved. Other top wines are Esslin Merlot Waiheke Iceland, as well as the originating from the area Marlborough white wines New Dog Chardonnay (formerly Dog Point) and Roseland Sauvignon Blanc.