Matahiwi Estate  (Wairarapa/New Zealand)

Matahiwi Estate is the result of Alastair Scott’s life long dream to own a winery and make great wine. He nurtured this dream while living and working in London and Tokyo and turned it into a reality upon returning to New Zealand in the late 1990s. Upon arriving home in New Zealand, Alastair researched the viability of farmland in the Wairarapa where he had grown up as a youngster and the best areas suited to growing Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

In 2002 a fortuitous meeting between Alastair and winemaker Jane Cooper saw Jane join Matahiwi as winemaker. Jane shared the same vision and passion for the region as Alastair and they set up the new business from scratch including building a state-of-the-art winery. The Phoenix on their labels was chosen as a proud symbol of the rebirth of winemaking in Masterton for the first time since prohibition.

Matahiwi have created an award winning range of wines under the Mount Hector and Matahiwi Estate labels, crowned by the limited release Holly range (named after Alastair’s daughter). They are Sustainable WineNZ accredited.