A land of ancient forests, people and legends. A beach that stretches further than you can imagine. Sunsets too beautiful for words. This is New Zealand’s Northland, the country’s warmest region, the home of Okahu Estate and a unique and challenging location for winemaking. The layers of complexity in Okahu wines reflect the layers of soil, sandstone, ancient kauri forest and clay in which the grapes grow. The Knight family has been coaxing the very best from these “Kauri Sands” since 1984, creating award-winning wines with inner strength and enduring spirit.
The Vineyard is situated 3.5kms from Kaitaia on the road to Ahipara, at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. Vineyard owner Monty Knight established the first vines in 1984, since then the wines have earned a reputation for consistent quality, winning numerous awards including gold medals for their Chardonnay and Shiraz(now called Syrah).
Okahu Estate's accolades
Okahu Pinotage 2008: Silver medal - San Francisco International
Old Brother John's Tawny: 4½ stars Winestate magazine
Okahu Chambourcin 2014: Silver medal - San Francisco International, Top in Class.
Okahu Viognier 2014: 89/100 Cameron Douglas
Okahu Syrah 2014: Gold Medal San Francisco IWC