Te Rata Natural Wine by Free Range Wines

Te Rata – Natural Winemakers

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 our regions premium area  – Matakana.

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 with no animal products are used in any part of the process. To get more in depth information about natural wine making, visit this page,

Minimal Preservatives

Nobody likes preservatives, but almost every wine on the shelf contains them. We’ve gone out on a winemaking limb to use the absolute minimum possible. The result is wine with undeniable liveliness and true vibrancy of flavor that is an authentic reflection of their origin.


Red Ridge Vineyard – 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 with work focused on canopy management and crop levels. The density of shoots, bunches and leaves is very carefully controlled. This ensures small crops of grapes that have extreme flavour concentration. Currently we are replacing the Merlot with Malbec and Carmenere.

MerryFields Vineyard – Matakana

Lat: 36 South
Long: 174 East
Planted:  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 the  2017 Vintage.