Hawke's Bay Wine

Hawke’s Bay, in New Zealand’s North Island, has the longest wine-making history in the country. Vineyards have been planted since the early 1800s, with various up and down swings as natural and governmental factors have evolved. Today, Hawke’s Bay is the country’s second largest wine region. It’s at the forefront of modern wine-making, with a mix of boutique and commercial wineries throughout the region. 

The region is renown for producing Bordeaux grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, as well as Shiraz. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also cultivated. The Gimblett Gravels district has a distinctly warmer climate, with gravel soil that covered the area after the Ngaruroro River flooded it in 1867. These conditions are particularly well suited to producing the varietals for which Hawke’s Bay has been acclaimed. 
 
The districts of Hawke’s Bay are:
 
*Te Mata/Havelock North
*Taradale/Meanee/Brookfields
*Haumoana/Te Awanga
*Fernhill/Ngatarawa/Ohiti
*Mangatahi/Maraekakaho
*Esk Valley/Bay View
*Dartmoor/Puketapu
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Hawke's Bay

  • Gimblett Gravels

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  • Hatton Estate Wines

    Hatton Estate is a 40 acre (16 hectare) vineyard and winery in Gimblett Road, the Heart of the Gi...

  • Mission Estate Winery

    Mission Estate is the birthplace of New Zealand wine, when our founders built the first winery in...

  • Black Barn Vineyards

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  • Vidal Estate Ltd

    Vidals Winery Vidal Wines is one of Hawkes Bay's oldest boutique wineries and a producer of premi...

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  • DMcKer,I am rather partial to the Pinot Noir from Central Otago(From fair to expensive) eg Felton Rd (and their Chardonnay, Mt Difficulty, Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm,Rockburn. The "Gimblett Gravel" wines from Hawke's Bay eg Trinity Hill Cab/Merlot, Craggy Range Le Sol, Te Mata "Coleraine" and Bullnose Shiraz, Waiheke Island Cabernet (Expensive)... Read More

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  • Hi! Time for a long overdue update. Unfortunately I will be going from memory and some very basic notes though. Dinner was somewhat impacted when I cut my finger with a cheese grater - I should have just thrown it away as soon as I noticed it was coming out of its plastic housing. It never pays to rush in the kitchen - especially when you are re... Read More

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  • The Hawke's Bay A & P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards, which will be judged by two teams of the top palates in the business, is on the 28th and 29th September, and tickets for the gala dinner are available now from www.hawkesbaywineawards.co.nz

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  • I was lucky enough to attend this tasting in London earlier on in the year. It was amazing to see the NZ wines at tens of £'s stand up to (or beat) the best of Bordeaux at hundreds of £'s, and even more amazing to see the likes of Jancis Robinson and Oz Clark stumped to pick which was Kiwi and which was French! Worth having a try if you can get ... Read More

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