We saw the property we later named Owhanake Bay Estate in 2005, and if we sold almost everything and borrowed a bit we could buy it. We both liked wine and new challenges, so the already planted but young vineyard was attractive. Not knowing anything about growing grapes was never going to stop us. We hired people who knew what they were doing and joined in as their help, learning from them and slowly taking over the jobs as we felt comfortable.
Owhanake Bay Estate, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand, 16.11.2009
What is important for us is producing the best quality grapes we can, and then working with our winemaker to produce a top quality and elegant wine. We always have the end situation of the wine in mind while making decisions through the season, which is why we love getting feedback about people enjoying our wines.
In our 13 years of operation we have won a pile of bronze, silver, gold and even a trophy.
Our Syrah is named ‘Anchorage’ after Owhanake Bay, which is a popular anchorage especially over summer. Our record is 74 boats on one night. Our white was named after our daughter. We produced a rosé so we could name it after our son.
In 2017 Christy decided she wanted to be a flower farmer, so we pulled out our white wine vines and planted a flower farm (www.nourishgardens.com). As with everything we do, we strive for excellence so the flower farm is already becoming one of the most well known and well regarded in the country.
Owhanake Bay Estate has been producing medal winning wines since 2006. Among our accolaides are bronze, silver and gold medals and a trophy.
Christy and Mike live at Owhanake Bay Estate, along with their two children, one of whom was born in the homestead in 2006. Both children attend Waiheke High School, and are involved in the vineyard at various times.
Wine is available for purchase at the Harvest Shed or online.
Visit by vehicle at 68 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island.
Visit by boat, anchoring in Owhanake Bay, Waiheke Island.
Drive in the front gates if arriving by vehicle, or land at the beach, walk over the reserve to the road, then left and enter the front gates on the right.
Take the middle driveway next to the retaining wall and head down to the Harvest Shed.
Someone will be in the shed or nearby, and we will meet you there if you call ahead on 021 729 729.