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“Awful. Much better places to go.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Heron's Flight

Heron's Flight
49 Sharp Road Matakana, Warkworth RD2, New Zealand
09 422 9654422 7915
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Ranked #15 of 30 Restaurants in Warkworth
Cuisines: International
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Awful. Much better places to go.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

the owner of this vineyard seems to think a cellar door process is more about showing off about himself and how much he knows about obscure wine history than introducing people to his wines.

We went on a Thursday so two of the wines werent being offered - so we tried 3 wines plus 2 grape juices. The owner missed sales by not having the others available to taste and the volume of people going through (12 while we were there for 45 minutes) times the tasting charge would clearly cover the cost of opening at least one of the 2 signature wines of this vineyard.

The arrogance of the owner was on display when talking about his next "unplugged" wine which they considered releasing as one of their signature lines, but even though the "general public wouldnt know the difference, we thought it should be an unplugged". Im not sure he picked up that he just insulted a whole room of people by saying that. We are the genetal public and this sort of arrogance puts us off trying or buying herons flight ever again.

In summary, the wines we tasted were ok, but with such a large amount of choice around Matakana, avoid this place.

If you want the personal, friendly cellar door experience, head for Hyperion, if you want the professional, knowledgable approach, head to OBV or Brick Bay.

there are soo many places that I would spend my money before suffering through another visit to this place.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Auckland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“A real taste of a NZ vineyard -”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Wonderful hosts - lots of information about this 100% Italian grapes vineyard - the only one in NZ - very authentic - rustic no frills but so gorgeous and quaint - a great place to buy some wine and have a picnic in the vines.

Visited January 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Grape Juice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Bought Grape Juice direct from the winery.
Excellent flavour especially their new lighter variety with a touch of bubbles.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Drive straight past Runner Duck and go here instead!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

This place is tucked behind Runner Duck and easy to miss, but make the effort and get down there. The owner is experienced and knowledgeable and passionate about his wine. The wine tasting is a proper experience and afterwards you'll want to buy everything! We did. Best cellar door tasting in Matakana!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Matakana, New Zealand
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“Yummy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Good food, good wine, nice ambiance - would highly recommend the grape juice! A great place to meet and hang out with friends.

Visited December 2012
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