It can be argued that New Zealand's flagship varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, owes its worldwide pre-eminence to Matua Valleys pioneering of the variety in New Zealand back in 1974. Matua was created by brothers Ross and Bill Spence, who grew up in a winemaking family in West Auckland.
In true Kiwi spirit, while holding down full-time jobs, the brothers produced their initial wines at the weekends and in the evenings within a leased tin shed. This hardy endeavour included, in 1974, our first Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the winery with such humble beginnings is one of New Zealand's most respected and awarded producers.