Goldie Estate is the quintessential Waiheke vineyard and was the first commercial producer of note on the island. The vines were first planted in 1978 and from the iconic pohutukawa tree down the hill towards Putiki Bay. The cellar door and deli exude unpretentious charm – rather like Goldie’s founders, Kim and Jeanette Goldwater.
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In 2011 the historic family home and vineyard was handed over to the University of Auckland to be run as both a commercial winery andas a home for their wine science post graduate programme.. Under careful tutelage, its students are continuing the Goldwater philosophy of handcrafted wines of distinction.
Waiheke syrah is consistently good, and Goldie Estate’s is no exception – if there is any of the 2013 still available it’s from one of the best vintages in living memory on Waiheke Island. Also highly recommended are the Bordeaux blend reds and the chardonnay from mature vines.
Goldie Estate is often used for functions, especially weddings and corporate events, and offers a variety of menus that havea local homemade feel, either grown on the property or sourced locally. Their deli sells deluxe picnic baskets which can be enjoyed from the vines, accompanied by a bottle or two from the Cellar Door.
Hours Summer Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm with extended hours over Jan (call first to check current opening times)