The Tasting Room

Frenchman Hill Estate wines are produced by renowned Waiheke winemaker Luc Desbonnets. Kiwi/ Frenchman Luc, has been responsible for the production of many of Waiheke’s most sought after still wines over the past 14 years. The Frenchmans Hill Estate wines come from two distinct vineyards designed and planted by Luc in 2006. Frenchmans Hill Estate “The 8 Vineyard” and Te Rere Cove Vineyard at the western end of Waiheke and home to the winery. These wines represent this artisan’s award winning expression of the select coastal sites on which they are grown.

For those interested in ultra premium, expressive and unique wines, then a visit to the Frenchmans Tasting House is a must. Enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful tasting garden overlooking shimmering olive trees, immaculate vineyards and out over the stunning Okahuiti Creek estuary below. You may end up staying to enjoy a bottle of wine accompanied by a delicious homemade “Plat Du Jour” prepared by Anna.

Frenchmans Hill Estate wines have been rated amongst New Zealand’s very best wines by world renowned critic Robert Parker Junior’s Wine Advocate publication.

The Frenchmans Hill Estate extra virgin olive oil grown on the estate’s 208 mature 10 to 25 year old trees is also available for tasting and purchase … those doing the olive oil circuit rate it right up with the very best oils from Waiheke Island…simply devine!