Te Rata Natural Wine by Free Range Wines

Winemaker Justin Oliver
Winemaker Justin Oliver

Free Range Wines was founded from our passion for making delicious Natural Wines that are true to a certain place – vineyard, and a particular time – the vintage . Our wines are crafted in small batches from carefully selected vineyards, grown in the best region Auckland – Matakana.

Te Rata – Natural wines

We’re all about Natural Winemaking. This means minimal chemical and mechanical manipulations during the winemaking process. We use wild fermentations, traditional basket pressing, low or no added preservatives, liberal lees contact, extended pre-release maturation. All our wines are Vegan- friendly, no animal products are used in any part of the process. To get more in depth information about natural wine making, visit jennyandfrancois.com

Preservative free

Nobody likes preservatives, but almost every wine on the shelf contains them. We’ve gone out on a winemaking limb to keep our wines preservative free, or at least use the absolute minimum. The result is wine with undeniable liveliness and uncommon vibrancy of flavor that truly reflects all the life of their origin.


Vineyards of Current Vintages

Red Ridge – Matakana

Lat: 36 South
Long: 174 East.
Planted: 2003/2004 on conventional VSP trellis. Cane pruned.
Varieties: Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 60% Malbec 17% Carmenere 3%

Planted in a classic mix of St. Emillion Bordeaux varietals, this North facing vineyard enjoys spectacular views of Omaha Bay out to Little Barrier Island. Free Range wines manages this vineyard. Work focuses on the vines canopy and crop levels, with the density of shoots, bunches and leaves carefully controlled. This ensures small crops of grapes that have extreme flavour concentration. Currently the Merlot is being replanted with Malbec and Carmenere.

MerryFields Vineyard – Matakana

Lat: 36 South
Long: 174 East
Planted: Syrah 2003, Pinot Gris 2003 , on VSP trellis. Spur pruned.
Varieties: Pinot Gris

A very sheltered site with good northerly slopes. The Pinot Gris attains excellent ripeness early in the season, making very clean picking possible. . Managed by Te Rata for 2016 & 2017 Vintages