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Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland

480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
+64 9-422 9601
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Fabulous as always

We just popped in for a tasting. It was how we remembered it, warm friendly staff and great wine... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shawn C
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Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Attractive surroundings and enjoyable lunch

Notwithstanding rainshowers and storm warnings we took advantage of a GrabOne luncheon platter... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Peter A
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Ascension is a beautiful vineyard in Matakana just 40 minutes north of Auckland. With our own rustic cellar door and restaurant we are the perfect location for wine tasting and lunch. We also host stunning weddings and stylish corporate events in the Belfry our fully self contained Function Centre. Life is too short to drink boring wine! Our philosophy has evolved to craft small quantities of distinctive, terroir-driven wines from both traditional and very unusual varieties. Expensive techniques regarded as "special" by many wineries, such as cane pruning, extensive leaf plucking, crop thinning and hand harvesting, are standard here. We make small batches of our handcrafted wines, which you can only buy through our cellar door, restaurant or website. The best way to experience Ascension is to visit us! We look forward to sharing Ascension with you because it is not just a business for us. It's our life.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
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480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
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+64 9-422 9601
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just popped in for a tasting. It was how we remembered it, warm friendly staff and great wine. Absolutely fabulous port. And the will courier your order... atleast to Wellington!

Thank Shawn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Notwithstanding rainshowers and storm warnings we took advantage of a GrabOne luncheon platter special and were delighted to find sunshine and beautiful surroundings in which to enjoy our lunch platter plus desert / coffee. The platter consisted of typical selection of breads,biscuits, meats, cheeses and...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent food, just as excellent service. Lovely enthusiastic staff excited about the food they are placing in front of you.

Thank Karen S
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Hi Karen, thanks a lot for your fantastic review. We appreciate your positive response to our staff and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, The Ascension Team

Reviewed 1 May 2017

We were well received for our lunch visit, but did feel that it was a little stiff, & not really friendly. This feeling lasted throught our visit. We were shown to our well situated table promptly, & as we had indicated when booking that we...More

Thank Robert M
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Hi Robert! Thanks for your review. It's really nice to hear that you enjoyed the platter - and the wine! The views here are amazing and we are glad that you enjoyed the courtyard. Sorry to hear that you did not feel that the staff...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017

We had our wedding at Ascension a few weeks ago and I wish we could go back and re-live it over again. The staff at Ascension went above and beyond what were ever expected. It was truly a fairy tale wedding. Thank you again!

1  Thank Melissa H
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Hi Melissa! What an amazing review. We are so glad to hear that we could help to make your dream wedding come true. Hope you are well and we hope to see you again for a visit soon! Our pleasure - from the Ascension Team

Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing venue Great night out Well organised Good selection of food and drinks Enough toilets and clean

Thank AmeliavdBerg
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Hi Amelia! Thanks for this - we are glad to hear that you had a great night at the Winery Tour! Thanks for the lovely review. Have a great day :)

Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Attended to friends wedding party, very memorable experiance , enjoyed good quality wine and tasty food , excellent service and great atmopsere in courtyard setting under the stars , soo romantic....More

Thank anjanibali S
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Hi anjanibali S, Thanks for the wonderful feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience here and that you found our service excellent while enjoying the atmosphere. Romantic is a great description! All the best and hope to see you again soon sometime. The...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017

Stunned by the amazing scenery, a group of us decided to visit this winery for lunch. A very enjoyable experience. Excellent variety of food and wine. The pork belly was to die for. Would recommend dining here!

Thank mandy4566
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Hi mandy4566, Thanks for the compliments! We are glad that you enjoyed the variety of food and wine here at Ascension - and that you really enjoyed the pork belly! We would love to have you again soon. Best wishes, The Ascension Team

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

What should have been one of the most memorable days of my life was ruined by the scandalous manner in which the lamb option in the main course was served!!Wedding guests from all over the world who spent hundreds if not over a thousand dollars...More

1  Thank abu676
Ascensionwine, Owner at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Your comment is unfair and we believe that you are using it as a strategy to get a discount. Unfortunately we cannot comply with this.

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Went there for a mates wedding recently. Nice venue, but omg, the food was inedible. Apparently 80 odd guests came from overseas, most have never been to NZ. Of course they would choose the lamb option (that's what NZ is famous for right?). Guess what?...More

Thank chosn1
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Hi there, here at Ascension we serve our lamb medium – rare. It is slow cooked for 4 hours and appears slightly pink, but this is agreed upon in the pre-ordered set menu. Two people did request for the meat to be cooked more –...More

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