Making wine in Matakana


Bring Your Own is a concept that was dear to my heart in my student days when eating out was a luxury and taking your own bottle to was the only way to drink decent wine but I only recently became aware of FYO.

FYO means fill your own (obviously). More specifically, fill your own wine bottles with a special non vintage blend of red wine made from Sangiovese and Dolcetto varieties. The idea is simple and a neat solution to a problem that small wineries often face: what do with wine that is surplus to requirements after all the proper bottling has been done.

Heron’s Flight vineyard, just 40 minutes north of Auckland, decided that FYO was the way to go and for those in the know it’s a delightful way to spend a lazy day.  And the wine? It’s a special NV blend so it changes all the time but the quality is consistently good and (apparently) it ages well too.

FYO days are popular. Empty bottles are available for sale from the vineyard for $1or you can rescue the empties from your recycle bin and BYO. It’s surprisingly satisfying to open the taps to let the wine flow and using the old cork machine is just pure fun. It’s a great way to feel like a winemaker without any of the hard work.


Heron’s Flight Vineyard, 49 Sharp Rd, Matakana

FYO days are irregular during the summer months so the best thing to do is to get on the mailing list and start saving up those wine bottles!

Rating: don’t miss it if you love wine

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2 replies

  1. Bonjour Donna

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take the Tour; Theres so many wonderful pjctures and interesting information here.



  2. Hi Dan,
    Isn’t it wonderful to be able to share our favourite places through our blogs? Glad that you enjoyed my post. Thanks for your comment.


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