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Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland

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Address: 480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
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+64 9-422 9601
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Ascension is a beautiful vineyard in Matakana just 40 minutes north of...

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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Much improved on previous visits

The vineyard restaurant has become an Osteria - much more atmosphere. The lunch menu was simple but something for everyone. Service hit and miss. Will definitely give it... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Lesley E
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

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

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Thank AmeliavdBerg
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Reviewed 5 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....

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Thank anjanibali S
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

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 Ascension Team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 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!

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Thank mandy4566
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

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 More 

Edgware, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 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 to attend were humiliated when presented with inedible lamb which tasted nothing like what was... More 

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Ascensionwine, Owner at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

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. More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 19 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? Came out rare as. Probably fresh off the lamb, but definitely by-passed the hot pan.... More 

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Thank chosn1
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

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 – which we happily obliged to. It is unfortunate that you could not have asked for... More 

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

We were charged 10 NZD each for 'wine tasting' which comprised literally a thimble full of four different wines. We couldn't believe it. Their offer is to refund the 10 dollars if you purchase a bottle of wine each, but for four of us that would have cost 140-160 dollars. The wines didn't taste any better (and some worse) than... More 

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Ascensionwine, General Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi Mike & Vicki, Sorry to hear that you were dis-satisfied with your wine tasting and experience here at Ascension. Our wine's are hand-crafted and production costs are high being a very small boutique vineyard. Supermarket wines are mass produced and have not had as much attention and care as we place on crafting our small selection. Sorry to hear... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

The vineyard restaurant has become an Osteria - much more atmosphere. The lunch menu was simple but something for everyone. Service hit and miss. Will definitely give it another chance though.

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Thank Lesley E
Ascensionwine, Guest Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi Lesley, Thanks a lot for your review. Very glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere - and we will aspire to make your next visit very accommodating and enjoyable. Have a lovely day, The Ascension Team. More 

new zeaand
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

6 friends together for Reunion Weekend. Couple from New Plymouth, couple from Hastings, and hosts from Auckland. We were road tripping the area and planned to have spontaneous lunch at either Ransom's or Ascension Vineyards. At 1pm we called both and were advised by both - fully booked, no chance of a table for lunch. We had wine tasted and... More 

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Thank kerrikiwi
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi Kerrikiwi, Thanks for the wonderful review. I am so glad to hear that you received warm service and impressive speed by our chef. It is great to hear that you were seated despite being 'busy'. It is great to hear that you will definitely return and it would have been a pleasure having such a delightful bunch. Kind Regards,... More 

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

We visited today for lunch, very impressed, driven past many times, inside exceeded our expectations, the lamb belly was delicious, a great choice, the fish of the day was accompanied with mussels & equally as good. The prices may be on the higher side but the portions were very good & the flavours superb, as well as a great venue.... More 

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Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Thank you TYEKK for visiting us, and also for the great review! It's great to hear your thoughts here and we are thoroughly pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards, Ascension Wine Estate More 

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