At Greenhill Lodge we only stock Hawke’s Bay wines on our wine list, the only region in New Zealand where this is possible to present such an extensive selection of red and white varietals of premium quality.
PO Box 2508 Stortford Lodge 4153
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
T: 64 6 844 4301
Bilancia is a small Hawkes' Bay producer of exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Viognier and Syrah. It is the label of winemakers Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson and was established in 1997 when Lorraine and Warren returned to New Zealand from winemaking overseas. The first wines were released in mid 1998.
Theword Bilancia (be-larn-cha) means, in Italian, balance, equilibrium and harmony. These terms have obvious connections with wine and winemaking, but also, Bilancia is the Italian word for the Zodiac sign Libra which both Lorraine and Warren were born under. Warren worked in Southern Italy for a number of harvests and the name came to him whilst reading his Horoscope in the Italian newspaper!
The philosophy of balance, equilibrium and harmony is something that is carried through all aspects of the winemaking and, hopefully, people will see this when they drink the wines. The balance is represented by the logo of the balanced man.
Fruit is sourced exclusively from Hawke's Bay. The home vineyard is a terraced hillside vineyard called la collina (Italian for 'the little hill') and is planted to Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier with some new Nebbiolo vines to satisfy the Barolo cravings! Pinot Gris and some Chardonnay are sourced from other vineyards.
la collina Syrah is considered to be one of New Zealand's top examples of the variety.
"A majestic Red, it ranks among the country's very finest Syrahs"
Michael Cooper, NEW ZEALAND WINES 2016
Bilancia does not have a cellar door but wines are available for purchase via their website.