Daren and Bridgit Day (nee Diprose) are both passionate about New Zealand and its beautiful landscapes. Both are particularly drawn to the coastlines, beaches and outer islands, inherited from the typical kiwi family summer holidays.

Some of you will know that Daren passed away in 2013. We harvested the 2013 grapes soon after, by chance on Daren's birthday, 15th April. Although we sold a large proportion of this vintage we have a special pick called 'Daren's barrel' which will be bottled and labelled as usual under our View East label.

Daren had a long association with the Hauraki Gulf through sailing and fishing which started in the late 1960’s with family holidays out the back (east) end of Waiheke. Back then Connells Bay was the local store, gas station and telephone exchange where the family would buy jelly tip ice creams and fuel for the boat.

Bridgit is a landscape architect with a background in fine art and Daren works in local government in public open space asset management.

Both through their University years have had experience in hospitality, in New Zealand and overseas; food and beverage preparation and service and both enjoy the contact this brings with a wide range of people.

They bought the land in 1998 and settled at Easter when they selected the site and with friends started work on the first shed.

The land was predominantly pastoral with two gullies containing small stands of ‘bush’, predominantly mature Kanuka. A very small portion of the Te Matuka wetland system extends into the site, within the southernmost gully. The only other significant vegetation on the property was a very large grandfather puriri tree.

The property is no longer used for grazing. Native revegetation of the steeper gullies and wetland has commenced and is ongoing. Prior to establishing the vineyard we planted several different species of timber trees, including eucalyptus and cypress.
The southeastern boundary runs along Cowes Bay Road, from here you have spectacular views of the Waiheke Channel, islands and across to the Coromandel. (view east)
Our property is predominantly west and northwest facing. With views of Maunganui, Waiheke's highest point and the Te Matuku estuary to the west and Omaru Bay, (known by the boaties as ‘little muddy’), Waiheke Channel, Ponui Island, Pakihi Island and Hunua Ranges to the east.

Te Matuku Bay was once a busy thriving community, but that was 135 years ago. There is lots of history here... it is even said that there is a ghost resident at the Waiheke Pioneer Cemetery.

Te Matuku Bay also has Auckland's highest mangrove forest and a very unusual sand spit lagoon. Many wading sea birds congregate along with the rare dotterel. The sand spit is one of Waiheke's wonders. This is all part of the recently formed marine reserve (2005); Te Matuku Marine Reserve (690ha) which protects one of Waiheke Island's largest and least disturbed estuaries as well as an area outside Te Matuku Bay in the Waiheke Channel.

2001 was the first year of planting the vineyard. We opened our cellar door and tasting room, known as ‘the taster’ on Labour Weekend 2008. At this stage we have had ten vintages of Syrah grown on our property, a 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and the 2013.

The name, view east, came about for two reasons. It was a photograph of this view to the east in the newspaper that identified this property for sale and one of the reasons we fell in love with this place. The second reason was later research of historical writings of the area in which the early settlers identified the view when approaching the T-intersection and turning left onto Cowes Bay Road as view east.
This is one of the special areas of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke which we wish to share with those visiting view east.