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 winemaking 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 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. The flagship is the Bordeaux blend Cabernet-Merlot Waiheke Island, which has already received numerous national and international awards and 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.