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Ascension Winery

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480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
+64 9-422 9601
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon 11:00 - 16:00
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New Egypt, New Jersey
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222 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

All of the wines are unremarkable and way overpriced at $42 a bottle. This winery seems to cater to weddings and special functions. I can't imagine just how expensive that would be along with very poor wines.

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Thank bronzebabe
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have dined at Ascension a few times now and the food it truly amazing! The staff are so friendly and happy to help. I highly recommend Ascension to everyone!

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Thank Melissa H
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Arrived for lunch and reception greeted us with no smiles and put us in a corner - we mentioned we would like to sit outside in the sun but apparently this was too difficult ! Service was very unfriendly and wooden didn't feel welcome at all. Ordered platter and food was nice . Shame about the service and when we... More 

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Thank bellami333
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Three of us came in for a coffee around 11 on a Saturday. We were shoved in a corner in a back room and the coffee came in luke warm (after a considerable amount of time). When taken back, one came back hot, and the other still luke warm. We probably would have ordered food if we were shown a... More 

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1 Thank TimandSue12
2 reviews
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....

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Thank anjanibali S
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Wonderful words. Thank you and we are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Best wishes, The Ascension Team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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!

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Thank mandy4566
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself - as well as the variety on offer. We would love to have you again soon. Best wishes, The Ascension Team. More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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132 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A large complex hosting multiple events, weddings, wine tasting and various group parties. If your party is large or small you will enjoy a short stay with good cuisine and staff from all corners of the world. On a sunny day this is a pleasant choice for lunch or dinner or wedding reception with photo opportunities.

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Thank MusesMm
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi MusesMm, Thanks for your generous review. We do aspire to please both small and large groups. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Ascension Team. More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived just after 1 pm. The duck special was off but the offer was still in the menu. The red Countryman wine was not available. Ordered food 1.15 pm. One chicken salad, one beef fillet. 2 white wines turned up not the two red ordered. Lunch arrived at 2.05 over a 45 minute wait. Queried after 35 minutes and... More 

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Thank kirkie2015
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi kirkie2015, We are sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with your experience here at Ascension! It must have been a very busy day and we apologize for that. Our service is not always slow and we often have great reviews on our service. Sorry that you were disappointed about the Tannat being unavailable. it is actually our most... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We had been let down by Sandspit café (see my review there). So dropped in here for lunch. It had been a while since we visited but the restaurant was still very well decorated and the menu was better - simpler and more focussed. The four of us all had different dishes, they were all liked and the service was... More 

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Thank Kiwi_Pat_and_Paul
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi Pat & Paul! Thank you for your lovely words. We are glad that you enjoyed the atmosphere and the different dishes, and we are glad that you enjoyed the service :) Thanks so much for the support and we hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Ascension Team More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went to the winery to see a concert. It was out doors with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Everything was well staged with great food and drinks all be it alittle expensive the quality was there.

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Thank 10grant
Ascensionwine, Public Relations Manager at Ascension Winery, responded to this review

Hi 10grant! Thanks for this - we are glad that you enjoyed the quality experience and that you enjoyed the event. We hope to see you again soon here at Ascension. - The Ascension Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$28
Cuisine
European, Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 480 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Matakana
  • Phone Number: +64 9-422 9601
Description
Discover why this family-owned winery has been described by NZ wine author Peter Saunders as "the regional star of Matakana".Just 39 minutes north of the Auckland CBD, Ascension handcrafts critically-acclaimed wine from both rare and well known varieties and is home to a multi-award winning cellar door, Ascension Osteria restaurant and garden bar and a stunning functions centre for weddings, corporate and private events.Relax alfresco with views of vineyards, rolling farmland and the fountain courtyard which is planted with heirloom herbs and vegetables for Ascension's kitchen.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?