About Passage Rocks Wines
In 1993 we (David and Veronika Evans-Gander) after our extensive Search of New Zealand set out to create a sustainable wine lifestyle in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand.
Our intentions were always to be respectful of the land and to make a Beautiful Wine Story expressing the land, the seasons, the people and the grapes to make excellent wine for all to enjoy.
Our first plantings were Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, we have since refined this and planted 8 varieties on our land, our biggest claim to fame has come from Syrah, which has over time won some 8 trophies and 15 gold medals in New Zealand and international wine shows. Our Syrah is recognised as a Super Classic Wine From Michael Cooper New Zealands most published wine Writer and we have many 5 Star ratings for most of our Varieties Grown
With time , we have gotten to deeply understand our land, and the seasons that we get on Waiheke Island, and how to make the best wines from it, combined with a deep passion for excellent wines, we have produced consistently outstanding vintages . We take great pride in this as does everyone who works there.
2020 has brought joys and challenges to the operation with lockdown creating a vineyard bubble of two families. Luke Stout’s vineyard management family harvested grapes while the winery family bubble Evans-Gander processed the grapes to wine. The season was very kind to us for winemaking and the results are nothing short of excellent.
We have created a natural place to relax and feel at ease. Here you can enjoy the beauty of this elemental environment and feel the power of the land and vineyards. Our new building means you can enjoy this no matter what the weather brings.
Site-specific sculptures and artworks crafted by Veronika will help deepen the relationship between our guests and the land.