The New Zealand winery in the Waiheke Island (North Island) area was founded in 1978 by former fashion photographer Kim Goldwater. They were the first to plant vines imported from France on the island of Waiheke Island northwest of Auckland. Today, they have 14 hectares of vineyards. Due to the great success a winegrowing boom has developed on the island, in the meantime there are already 30 vineyards. In 1992 more vineyards were planted on about 35 hectares in the Marlborough area and in 2000 in the Hawke's Bay area with eight hectares. Further vineyards with 28 hectares are planned in the Awatere area. The wines are made from the varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The flagship is the Bordeaux blend Cabernet-Merlot Waiheke Island, which has already won numerous national and international awards, as well as high ratings, for example in the magazine Wine Spectator. Other top wines are Esslin Merlot Waiheke Island, as well as the white wines New Dog Chardonnay (formerly Dog Point) and Roseland Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough area.