The buildings at Te Mata Estate are proof of the commitment to local materials, innovation and style made on this historic property over the last two centuries.

The stables, constructed in the 1870s and converted into a winery by the Chambers family in the 1890s, are today the centre of Te Mata Estate’s winemaking. Constructed from handmade and hand-fired bricks dug from local clay and pit sawn native timber, this building today provides us with cool cellaring space as well as our white wine fermentation room. A first year barrel hall with a Matai roof was added in the 1930s.

In the 1980s, Architect Ian Athfield, who had designed John and Wendy Buck’s distinctive home in the Coleraine vineyard, was asked to extend the existing winery buildings.

Architecture

The aim was to create a modern wine-making complex that reflected the character of the landscape. Specializing in in-fill architecture and innovative modernist design, Athfield Architects created a series of buildings to reflect the art deco heritage of Hawke’s Bay and the art nouveau heritage of the original Chambers homestead.

Incorporating the original winery, Athfield Architects designed an original New Zealand modern wine-making environment using local materials and limewash colours.

In 1987, a winemaker’s laboratory and staff facilities were added, as well as new office spaces and a visitor centre. In 1991, these buildings were complimented with a red wine fermentation room. A purpose-built packaging and labelling warehouse was constructed
in 1994.