Please enjoy our introduction to some of the best wineries in Hawke’s Bay – perfect preparation before you indulge in their unique offerings during your visit.
Located in the heart of the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District, Sileni Estates offers the visitor a total wine and food destination experience in a spectacular setting. This state-of-the-art winery houses a Gourmet Cellar Store, Wine Discovery Centre, Culinary School and The Village Press.
The Gourmet Cellar Store features the best in local and international food ingredients, culinary and gift ware, wine and cooking books, and also cheese from a climate controlled cheese larder. This is a gourmet's idea of paradise!
The Village Press is Hawke's Bay's largest oil producer and operates a special facility at Sileni Estates. Here during harvest you can see the age-old process of creating one of the world's most sought after food products. As well as a range of extra virgin olive oils, The Village Press produces tapanades and other olive products which are available in the Cellar Store.
Ngatarawa Wines is one of New Zealand's earliest boutique wineries. The winery is named after the Ngatarawa district, which translates into English as "between the ridges". This area is now known at the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District.
The winery is very picturesque, located in the historic Ngatarawa racing stables, which were refurbished when the winery was established in 1981. The wineries main varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling (predominately for late harvest wines).
The Alpha Domus vineyard and winery is managed and operated by two generations of the Ham family. It was planted in 1991 and the first wines produced in 1996.
The vineyard is located near the Bridge Pa Aerodrome in the Triangle Wine District. The logo uses an image of a tiger moth aeroplane, which are often seen flying over the vineyard.
Natural conditions encourage low cropping which is ideal for quality wine production. Alpha Domus wines are made exclusively from their estate grown grapes.
Salvare’s motto is “Life is short. Slow down and enjoy the journey.” The team is focused on making the cellar door experience a truly memorable one, and welcome visitors to taste the wines and food products on offer, while learning about the interesting history of the Ngatarawa Triangle.
Winemaker Elise Montgomery produces food-friendly wines for everyday enjoyment, as visitors to the little "red shed" on Ngatarawa Rd in the heart of The Triangle will discover.
Set in the Gimblett Gravels district, one of the premium Hawke's Bay wine growing sites, Te Awa's rustic charm is complimented by its tranquil garden setting and reflects the rural New Zealand landscape.
Te Awa is a single estate winery the unique terroir of this vineyard is fundamental in crafting fine, balanced wines. The wines reflect the site, the grapes and the growing season.
Dining at the winery is an outstanding New Zealand wine and food experience based securely around local Bay produce.
At Trinity Hill's Gimblett Road Vineyards, the river stones gently release their heat long after the sun has set. This helps to promote perfect ripening of the grapes. Vines reach deep into the stony, free draining soil of the old Ngaruroro riverbed, sheltered from the prevailing Westerly winds, basking in an abundance of dry, warm weather.
The winegrowers at Trinity Hill grow moderate crops to consistently produce concentrated flavour and colour intensity in the finished wine. This is one reason they have been successful in winning the acclaim of wine writers, judges and enthusiasts around the world.
Trinity Hill is a partnership between John Hancock, Robert and Robyn Wilson (owners of London's Bleeding Heart and The Sign of the Don restaurants) and US-based Charles Banks.
Unison is a boutique family-owned winery on the Gimblett Gravels with a cult following of loyal devotees both locally and around the world.
Known in particular for fine red wines, Unison is a fantastic place to taste and discover some of the history of the gravels. Unison was established in 1993 after the founders had spent many years working in Tuscany. They were early pioneers of the ‘poor soil’ we now celebrate as some of the best winegrowing land in the world.
Unison stands for:
• Combination of "Old World" and "New World" philosophies - hence the logo "Heritage and the Fine Hand"
• Total control, from the vineyard to the finished wine
• Passion for quality - dedicated to the connoisseur
Founded in 1905, Vidal was the region’s first boutique winery and restaurant. Vidal produces premium quality wines that truly reflect the region and vineyards from which they were sourced, and provide an exquisite dining experience in their renowned restaurant.
Vidal was named Winery of the Year at the 2013 Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards.
Havelock North’s Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, having been established in 1896. It remains a family-owned operation and is famous for both fine red and white wines.
Te Mata’s crowning glory is its premium red blend, Coleraine, which is regarded as New Zealand’s greatest red wine. Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills.
Craggy Range Winery is a small, family owned winery; a partnership between the Peabody family and Vigneron Steve Smith, MW. It began in 1997 with a shared vision; firstly, the selection of the very best land and the planting of intensive, low cropping vineyards with varieties ideally suited to each parcel of land. Secondly, the creation of architecturally inspiring, innovative world-class winemaking facilities that respect the best of tradition and innovation.
The home of Craggy Range Winery is at the base of Te Mata Peak, "The Sleeping Giant". Unique in its function and presentation is a specialist dual-purpose Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wine cellar. The building design was inspired architecturally by the great chais of Bordeaux and of rural New Zealand. Wine cellars, a tasting room, and Terroir Restaurant provide visitors with a complete food and wine experience.
Black Barn is a small vineyard just five minutes from the Village of Havelock North. The focus of the vineyard is on premium Bordeaux styled red varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Their award winning whites also include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All the wines are Estate Grown and the fruit is hand-picked. With just over 20 acres many of the wines are available only through the cellar door.
The elevated north facing site on the lower slopes of the Te Mata hills is not only an excellent location for grape growing it also provides stunning views, a warm sheltered micro-climate and a perfect situation for the visitor to spend an hour or two. You can taste the wines, have lunch at the Bistro, a Summer Saturday morning at the Market, and an evening at a concert in the amphitheatre.
Elephant Hill is a stunning and innovative winery estate and restaurant located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast, in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
As a producer of premium single-estate wine, the vineyard enjoys the spoils of a temperate, dry climate and an extended growing season.
Elephant Hill is the ideal place to relax, take in the spectacular coastal view and enjoy great wine and food.
Clearview Estate was established in 1989 by the beach at Te Awanga. It has become a Hawke’s Bay icon, for its stunning range of wines as well as its relaxed winery restaurant.
Clearview enjoys an enviable position in the heart of the coastal Te Awanga sub-region, which provides a warm, extended growing season with the benefit of cleansing sea breezes in a virtually frost free microclimate. All wines are grown and vinted on the Estate, inspired by the terroir of Te Awanga, and all grapes are hand harvested and bunch pressed. Reserve whites and reds are infused with the complexity of barrel ferments and French oak influence. Complexities are achieved from skin contact for our whites, extended maceration for our reds, lees stirring and contact, malolactic fermentation and super ripe fruit. Clearview’s Reserve Chardonnay is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest.
Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winemaker. In 1838 a group of French Missionaries arrived and established a Marist Mission in New Zealand. Besides being a teaching order, the Fathers followed the tradition of quality wine making. Grapes were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine. The first record of a commercial sale dates from 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold.
Mission Estate is a unique historical venue incorporating New Zealand's oldest winery with a world-class restaurant. This beautiful restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Enjoy fabulous vineyard and city views while savouring some of the most exciting food and discerning service in New Zealand today.
Founded in 1897, the Church Road Winery was already more than 90 years old when it was purchased in 1988 and completely renovated, turning it into a modern boutique winery that applies hands-on winemaking techniques to the very best of the Hawke's Bay harvest.
The Church Road winery museum is the only wine museum in New Zealand. It is housed underground in old, disused wine vats whose adjoining walls have been opened up. The oldest winemaking relics in the country lie entombed in the museum, some dating back to the 3000-year-old Iron Age.
Located just north of Napier in Bay View, Esk Valley Estate is one of the region’s most respected wine producers. Known for the employment of traditional winemaking techniques, the team at Esk Valley create wines in a simple, honest and hands-on way.
You may have heard of or tasted Esk Valley’s celebrated premium red blend, The Terraces, which is only produced in the very best years.
For information on even more great wineries and vineyards in the area, visit Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Inc.