Alpha Domus, located in the heart of the prestigious Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region of Hawke’s Bay has been producing stunning exclusively estate-grown single vineyard wines for close to twenty five years. Founded by the Ham family in 1990 and still 100% family owned, Alpha Domus is renowned for its range of AD wines produced only in outstanding vintages in limited quantities.
The range includes the flagship ‘The Aviator’ - considered by experts to be one of New Zealand’s best Bordeaux - style reds, an elegant barrique fermented Chardonnay and the delicious botrytised “Noble Selection.” A refined blanc de blanc methode traditionelle “Cumulus” has just become available again only the 2nd vintage produced by Alpha Domus.
The Alpha Domus Premium range of wines offer a selection of quality food friendly varietals. They include the ‘The Navigator’ a superb Merlot dominated blend and “The Barnstormer” a vibrantly styled Syrah gaining an enviable reputation. The “Wingwalker” a highly awarded Viognier, “The First Solo” a beautifully balanced Chardonnay and The “Heroines” Rose’.
The Pilot range of stylish but modestly priced wines includes ‘Leonarda’ Late Harvest Semillon, Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc.
The Family’s range of medal and Trophy winning wines are handcrafted, balanced and display concentrated fruit flavours supported by complex nuances. They are structured to allow them to mature elegantly, without obscuring the qualities that make a wine enjoyable through to the last sip.
Export markets include North America, The UK, Europe, China and Japan.
Alpha Domus was one of the first vineyard and winery combinations to become accredited members of Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand, an environmentally conscious group dedicated to ensuring an industry standard for sustainable winegrowing.
The name Alpha Domus comes from the first names of the five founding members of the family: Anthonius, Leonarda, Paulus, Henrikus and Anthonius. Domus is Latin for house or home.
The biplane depicted on Alpha Domus’ logo was inspired by the many pioneer pilots who trained on de Havilland “Tiger Moth” biplanes at the historic Bridge Pa Airfield, located in the vicinity of Alpha Domus. The Tiger Moth has connotations of romance, history, lasting design, beauty and passion; all elements found in great wine. Today Tiger Moths and other colourful vintage aircraft are often seen cruising the skies above the vineyard.
At Alpha Domus you can enjoy an authentic cellar door experience in the heart of the winery, the atmosphere is relaxed and informal and the tastings are hosted by friendly knowledgeable staff.
The attractive winery in the midst of the Ham Family’s immaculately 20-hectare vineyard is a popular visit on wine trails.
There is always an interesting lineup of wines open for tasting and visitors can take time out to relax in the leafy shaded courtyard which looks out upon a beautiful vista of hills and vines.