In 2007, the first Syrah and Chardonnay vines were planted at The Landing, producing our first vintage in 2010. Since then, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot have been added.
Since 2010, The Landing Wines has produced boutique vintages of Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Rosé and Port, which have won awards and received significant accolades from respected wine critics. Our outstanding 2019 harvest was the first to include fruit from our new red grape varieties, providing exciting opportunities for our winemaking team to craft new single varieties and blends.
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.
The best place to experience The Landing Wines is, of course, at The Landing’s own winery, which opened in 2019. Designed by Cheshire Architects, the simple, graceful building takes a cue from traditional Māori architectural forms, with a welcoming porch entrance and peaked roof.
All our grapes are pressed, fermented, and barrel-aged on-site. Our tasting room cellar door is open and available for small-group visits by prior arrangement.
For guests staying at The Landing, there is the opportunity to secure “en primeur” sales of new vintages from the barrel.
Northland born and bred, The Landing Wines winemaker Ben Byrne is one of the rising stars of New Zealand’s wine industry. With a degree in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University behind him, he gained experience in Australia and California before returning to New Zealand to work under award-winning winemaker Rod MacIvor at Marsden Estate. Today, he applies his skill in crafting distinctive, complex wines at The Landing.
One of New Zealand’s top winemakers, Warren Gibson is renowned for creating wines with a true sense of place. His ongoing insight and deep understanding of terroir help shape the unique character and flair of The Landing Wines.