Located on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Man O’War occupies rolling coastal hillsides with high cliffs and stunning beaches.
“Man O’ War is steeped in history dating back to early Polynesian adventurers. The protected cove has provided safe harbour during many rough seas. The bay was named by navigators in the late 1700s. The magnificent Kauri trees were noted in the early shipping journals, they made ideal masts for the naval Man O’ War warships, and thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this special place.”
Captain Cook discovered Man O’War in 1769. and vines were planted nearly 30 years ago by the Kulta family. The family strongly believed that world class wines could be produced on Waiheke and have painstakingly selected and developed around 90 individual hillside pockets for wine growing. Today 150 acres of vines are strategically placed around Man O’Wars 4500 acres. Meticulous design ensures that the distinct soil profile and microclimate of each block is used to best advantage with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities selected to match the specific terroir on offer.
At Man O’War an exceptional and passionate team of people come together to bring you unique world class wines that reflect the distinctive treasure of land from which they come. The winemaking team possesses broad and extensive experience and pride themselves on fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas.