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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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Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. http://www.winehawkesbay.co.nz/ Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s leading producer of red wines and the second largest wine region in the country. Hawke’s Bay is in the North Island of New Zealand, 300km North of Marlborough and 360km South of Auckland. Located at 39.4°South, the same as Madrid in the North. History, consistency, diversity and innovation continue to provide the foundation for Hawke’s Bay’s reputation as a fine wine producing region. With over 80% of New Zealand’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, Hawke’s Bay has a reputation for superior quality red wines. The warm maritime climate and varying landscape also produces New Zealand’s richest and most complex Chardonnays. “One forgets just how fine New Zealand’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends can be, particularly in Hawke’s Bay” Neal Martin, Writer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, May 2008. – Description from Sileni

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