Kemblefield Estate Winery

+64 (6) 874 9649 Aorangi Road, RD 1
Hastings, Hawkes Bay, RD1
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In the early 1990’s Californians John Kemble and Kaar Field began their search for a vineyard and winery to establish what has become Kemblefield Estate Winery. John researched several potential sites in New Zealand before finally making his choice in Mangatahi, Hawkes Bay. He felt it’s unique microclimate, reminiscent of his California homeland, was the ideal place to combine his winemaking knowledge with superb Hawke’s Bay grapes. John Kemble is our Chief Winemaker and Director and has over 30 years wine making experience. He has a Plant Science Degree from the University of California, Davis, and is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. Fifteen years with Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma, California, in their developing years gave John his love of winemaking and Zinfandel, the grape varietal he has introduced to New Zealand. The move to New Zealand has meant adapting some of his winemaking methods to suit Hawkes Bay. In the early days, acquiring suitable grapes was not Read more »

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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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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