Ash Ridge Wines

06 650 4324 2543 State Highway 50
Hastings, 4175
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Ash Ridge Vineyards are found on Ngatarawa Road, on the western edge of the Heretaunga Plains in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. We chose this site because it is an area renowned for growing first-class, award winning New Zealand wines. Ten thousand years ago the Ngaruroro River gently wound its way through a valley on the western edge of the Heretaunga Plains. In time the river changed it’s course, leaving gravel soils and low fertility land. Today Ash Ridge vineyards sit in this ancient riverbed on Ngatarawa Road. The vineyards are on a prominent ridge of ash pumice, the legacy of thousands of years of volcanic activity, in the central north island. The pumice imparts a distinctive character to Ash Ridge wines making them unique. Ash Ridge boasts spectacular views of the massive Ruahine mountain range, which is featured in our logo, and the Kaweka mountains in the distance. The sun-baked vineyard benefits from a long summer with hot days and cool nights, which helps to maximize the flavour development Read more »

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