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Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland

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Address: 480 Matakana Rd, Matakana, 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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Lesley E
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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1 Thank Mike_Vicki
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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

A group of us went to the Asension Winery for lunch with a voucher of $100 for four people Parking was easy and the entrance into the dining area was delightful. A wonderful Tuscan atmosphere and friendly staff. I was lucky with where I was seated as Two of us could see the beautiful garden, and two others could see... More 

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

Thanks bushbabe2013 for your lovely review! Sorry for the late reply but we are really glad that you enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you again soon :-) More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited Ascension Osteria on Sunday as we had purchased a Grab One voucher which was for the vineyard platter for two and two glasses of wine. We were able to choose a wine from the drinks list and both of us enjoyed our choice - Reserve Chardonnay which tasted just as it was described and the Viognier- equally as... More 

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Thank therese1404
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi there therese1404, sorry to hear that you weren't completely satisfied with the platter! We get a wonderful response from most people who love it and we are sorry that it was not to your preference. We had just hired a couple of new wait staff so they might have been unfamiliar with the wine on this account. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Used a grab one voucher to go up to Ascension for lunch. The food and wine was lovely and it was such a warm winter day that it made the trip worthwhile. We have not been here for quite some time but we will be back!

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

This is fantastic to hear Anita B! Sorry for our late reply to you on this one, so glad that you had a wonderful time :) Perhaps we will see you for a visit soon! Have a wonderful evening. More 

Warkworth, New Zealand
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

First time back since change of ownership, no drastic changes which was good as the original was pretty good. Another coupon deal( can't afford these places otherwise!) $50 for a lunchtime vineyard platter and two glasses wine, thought that was a pretty good deal. The platter was ample for two, more so than i was expecting and a good selection... More 

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Thank morley46crewman
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi morley46crewman, we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us at Ascension Wine Estate! We are so glad that you enjoyed the platter and that your wait time was short. I also enjoy the ambiance here, hope to see you again soon! More 

Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner before the Hendrix Project show. So many options to choose from on the menu all sounded mouth watering so we decided to get things we both wanted and share. Portions were generous and the waitress was lovely. The cured salmon starter with fennel was divine and the calamari really great too and a lovely match for the... More 

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

Hi there Mandy H! What wonderful words we have from you here. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience here at Ascension and that you enjoyed our Glory Methode Traditional! It's such a joy to hear that you enjoyed yourself thoroughly and we look forward to welcoming you again soon :-) More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Beautiful venue. We had a superb lunch here today - very welcoming atmosphere, beautifully presented, and fabulous ambiance. We had pizza - everything was freshly prepared and delicious. The estate wine was beautiful. The kiddies menu was great and would appeal equallt to the fussy eaters. More importantly, the kids food is real food - not deep fried rubbish as... More 

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1 Thank Jacquip1
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Wine Estate Matakana Auckland, responded to this review

Hi Jacquip1! What a wonderful review from you. We couldn't wish for a better response than what you have said here about our menu and setting. We are delighted that you felt welcomed and enjoyed your time here at the estate. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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