Hyperion Wines


Hyperion is an authentic boutique vineyard and winery located in the beautiful Matakana region of New Zealand. The operation is run by John & Jill Crone and a few casual workers. Almost everything is done by hand and John makes all the wine in a converted cowshed winery.


  • A genuine boutique wine producer

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John Crone BE (Chemical)


1994 Purchased a small property in Omaha Flats road (next to Providence vineyard) and began planting a 2 acre block of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

1995 Planted another 2 acre block with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

1996 Purchased a second property in Tongue Farm road (next to the Antipodean vineyard) with an existing 2 acre block of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and a winery.

1997 Harvested a first crop of Pinot Gris from the Omaha block and three red varieties from the Tongue Farm road property.

Early 1998 Launched a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir on the market - the Pinot Noir selling out quickly.

1998 Harvest processed with great fruit quality and much increased quantity.

June 1998 Obtained off-licence and started selling directly from the winery.

July 1998 Released 1997 Cabernet/Merlot.

September 1998 Won silver medal for 1997 Cabernet/Merlot in Liquorland Top 100 international competition.

December 1998 Released "Selene" a summery Tuscan blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

January 1999 Released "Helios" a barrique fermented Chardonnay.

June 1999 a Merlot called "Gaia" and the 1998 Cabernet/Merlot now called "Kronos".

November 1999 three reds Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet/Merlot all receive bronze medals in various competitions.

March 2000. 98 "Gaia" Merlot awarded gold medal and trophy , New Zealand Wine Society Royal Easter Show. 2000 "Kronos" and 99 "Helios" also receive bronze medals.

March 2000 Labels updated

May 2000 Released a Late Harvest Pinot Gris called "Theia".

Spring 2000. 98 "Gaiä" Merlot rated 5 stars 96/100 by Australian wine guru James Halliday in his ''2001 Australian & New Zealand Wine Companion' where it was highest rating Merlot in Australasia.

September 2000 Mentioned in French magazine Gault Millau in Top 10 NZ wines, New World wine supplement. (98 Gaia)

October 2000 "Kronos" 98 awarded silver medal in Liquorland Top 100 and 2000 "Phoebe" receives bronze.

March 2001 "Helios" 2000 awarded bronze in Easter Show

August 2001 "Kronos" 98 awarded silver in Romeo Bragato competition

September 2001 "Helios" 2000 4 stars 86/100 Best of Bunch, Cuisine

November 2001 "Kronos" 2000 awarded bronze in Air NZ competition

June 2002 "Gaia" 2000 awarded 4 stars by Michael Cooper for Winestate

March 2003 "Helios" awarded bronze in Easter Show

August 2003 "the Titan" 02 launched at Wine Trade Fair

August 2003 "the Titan" 02 given silver medal in Romeo Bragato Awards, also 02 "Gaia" and "Kronos" receive bronze medals

October 2003 "Gaia" 02 4 stars 86/100 Main reds tasting, Cuisine

August 2004 "Gaia" 02 awarded silver medal Romeo Bragato Awards

August 2004 "Phoebe" Pinot Gris 03 4 stars Winestate Magazine

August 2004 "Kronos" Cab/Merlot 01 recommended by Winestate Mag.

October 2004 "Zeus" Merlot/Cabernet released

July 2005 "Kronos" 04 awarded bronze meda in Bragato Awards

Sept 2005 "Helios" 04 & "Gaia" 04 awarded bronzes in NZ Intl Compl

August 2006 "Gaia" 04 awarded silver medal Romeo Bragato Awards

October 2006 "Kronos" 02 selected for wine list at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London

November 2006 "the Titan" 04 and "Helios" 05 awarded 4 stars by Michael Cooper

September 2007 "Gaia" 04 rated 93/100 and 5 stars by Sam Kim, senior wine judge; also "the Titan" 04 rated 90/100 and 4.5 stars.

April 2008 "Zeus" 2006 rated 4.5 stars by Sue Courtney

October 2008 "Midas" 2007 Malbec released

November 2012 Helios 2010, Midas 2010, the Titan 2010 and Eos2010 all awarded broze medals at Upper North Island Wine Challenge

May 2014 Titania 2012 Cabernet Franc recommended by Dish magazine

The Team

Proprietors: John and Jill Crone

Practices & Techniques

Our winemaking philosophy is to intervene as little as possible in the natural process. This results in wines that reflect each vintage in an individual way.

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188 Tongue Farm Rd
Matakana , Marlbrough 0948
New Zealand

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