Bill and Ross Spence decided to take the New Zealand wine industry in a new direction. North-West Auckland became the home of Matua, after the pair purchased a block of land in 1966. The brothers tried various plantings, including Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Grey Riesling, before Sauvignon Blanc’s promise began to shine through. Perpetual cloning on the Sauvignon Blanc allowed Matua to develop into a well-known boutique winery, and by the late 70s, the winery had expanded to Waimauku and Malborough. Today, Matua is known for its award winning wines and its status as one of the best wine producers in New Zealand. As of 2016, Greg Rowdon has taken the helm as the Chief Winemaker at Matua, carrying on the legacy started by the Spence brothers.