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Hawkes Bay - Red Wine Country
Hawkes Bay, with its twin cities of Napier and Hastings and the township of Havelock North, is steeped in vinous history. In the mid-1800's, as new settlers moved throughout the country to establish farms and settlements, so too did the missionaries who decided that Hawkes Bay looked eminently suitable for the production of wine.
That was in 1851 and the Mission Vineyards concept established by those Catholic priests, still exists 150 years later, making Mission the oldest wine producer in New Zealand under the same ownership. Most of the wine in the missionaries' early days was for the altar - a commercial venture was not entered into until 1985. The current winery is at Greenmeadows, near Napier.
In 1984, Michael Cooper (in The Wines and Vineyards of New Zealand) records just eight producers in Hawkes Bay, a region that was well regarded for its fruit and vegetable produce.
Some of the older Hawkes Bay vineyards still in existence today are Te Mata (est.1892), Vidal (1905), Lombardi (1948), Brookfields (1937), Eskdale (1973), Ngatarawa (1981),
McWilliams Wines (est. 1944) was taken over by Montana, Glenvale Cellars (1933) is now Esk Valley.
In the mid-eighties, the region was seen as being one of great vinous potential and the influx of new producers and the buy-up of vineyard land from Auckland producers began.
Hawkes Bay has developed into the second largest wine producing region in New Zealand after Marlborough and in 2001 the vineyard area covers 2,800 hectares. There are 50 producers in the region at the time of writing and many more from other regions who source grapes from their own vineyards in Hawkes Bay or from contract growers.
Chardonnay is the most planted grape variety with 786 hectares, followed by Merlot (548 ha) and Cabernet Sauvignon (453 ha), Sauvignon Blanc (260 ha) and Pinot Noir (147 ha). Predicted vineyards trends see merlot being the major mover in relation to the others.
As Hawkes Bay expands, vineyards are being developed further and further inland on the rolling valleys and terrace adjacent to the riverways. Inland Hawkes Bay has a climate quite different to that on the coast nearer to sea level.
Hawkes Bay can also be susceptible to late spring frosts, as evidenced in November 2000, when a frost destroyed up to 90% of some vineyards and accounted for an overall decrease in production of about 50% on the previous year.
This list of wineries includes only the wineries based in the Hawkes Bay region itself.
Wineries may be closed on Public Holidays - particularly Good Friday, ANZAC Day to 1pm, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Napier North (Esk / Bay View area)Crab Farm Winery
511 Main Road, Bay View, Napier
Tel: (06) 8366678
Cellar Door: 10am -5pm
Restaurant: 12 - 3pm
Esk Valley Estate
745 Main Road, Bay View, Napier
Tel: 06 872 7430
Opening Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Eskdale Winegrowers Ltd
State Highway 5, Eskdale
Tel: (06) 8366302
Cellar door sales: 9am - 5pm most days
Wishart Estate Winery Ltd
728 Main North Rd, Bay View
Tel: (06) 836 6355.
No Cellar door
Napier West (Taradale / Puketapu / Dartmoor)Church Road Winery
150 Church Road, Taradale
Tel: 06 845 9137
Summer: (October to April) open daily 9am - 5pm.
Winter: (May to September) open daily 10am - 5pm.
Restaurant open from 11.30am.
Mission Estate Winery
198 Church Road, Taradale, Napier
Tel: 06 845 9350
Restaurant: Open 7 days, 10am until late.
Cellar Door: Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday
10am - 4.30pm. Extended hours over peak season.
Historic Tours available
530 Puketapu Road, Taradale, Napier
Tel: 06 844 8269
Summer: (Labour Weekend to Easter) 7 days 11am - 5pm.
Winter: 7 days 12pm - 4pm or by appointment.
1033 Dartmoor Road, Puketapu, Napier
Tel: 06 834 2557
Opening Hours: Not open to the public. Groups by appointment.
Puketapu Village Hotel, Cnr Puketapu and Dartmoor Roads, Puketapu
Tel: 06 844 7206
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am - 5pm
Napier South (Pakowhai / Meeanee)
Brookfields Vineyards (1977) Ltd
Flaxmere/Fernhill/Bridge PaAbbey Cellars
1769 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6171
Summer: 11am - 4pm (Labour Weekend to Easter).
Winter: By appointment.
1829 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6752
Summer: Everyday 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Friday to Monday 11am - 4pm.
Beach House @ Roosters Brew House
1470 Omahu Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 4127
Opening Hours: Monday 10am-7pm; Saturday 2pm - 7pm
Also see entry in Clifton / Te Awanga section
Bridge Pa Vineyard
Triangle Red Tasting Centre, 217 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa
Tel: 06 879 9355
Oct 25th to 1 June Fri to Sun 11am to 4pm.
Jan & Feb; Wed to Sun 11 am to 4pm (Subject to change).
Deli lunches available.
Bushhawk Wines and Oshawa Wines also available for tasting here
Cross Roads Winery Ltd
1747 Highway 50, Fernhill
Tel: (06) 8799737
Cellar door sales daily from 11am - 5pm for tastings.
New cellar door opened Feb 2009.
CJ Pask Winery
1133 Omahu Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7906
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Saturday & public holidays 10am - 5pm.
Sunday 11am - 4pm.
Hatton Estate Vineyard & Winery
124 Gimblett Road, RD5, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
Tel: 06 870 4777
Summer: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.
52 Kirkwood Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6226
Summer: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter Weekends Only: 11am - 5pm.
Ngatarawa & Farmgate
www.ngatarawa.co.nz and www.farmgatewines.co.nz
305 Ngatarawa Road, RD5, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7603
Summer: (Labour Weekend to Easter) 10am - 5pm.
Winter: (Easter to Labour Weekend) 11am - 4pm.
403 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 874 9409
Cellar Door: Open for wine and olive oil tastings
Sept to April - 7 days 10.00am - 4.00pm.
May to August - most days 10.00am - 4.00pm (call to confirm).
2006 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6567
Not open to the public.
Wines available for tasting and sale at Sileni Estate.
2016 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 8768
Village Press Olive Oil
Cellar Store: OpenDaily from 10am
Restaurant: Open 7 days for lunch. Dinner by Appointment
Mere Road, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 9610
Saturday 11am - 5pm.
Sunday and public holidays 11am - 4pm.
Te Awa Winery
2375 State Highway 50, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7602
Summer: 7 days Cellar door 9am - 5pm.
Restaurant: Daily from 12 noon.
Winter: 7 days Cellar door 9am - 4pm.
Restaurant: Thursday to Monday from 12 noon.
2396 State Highway 50, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7778
Opening Hours: 7 days.
Summer: 10am - 5pm.
Winter: 11am - 4pm.
Antipasto Platters - Summer only.
2163 State Highway 50, RD5 Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7913
Summer: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Friday and Saturday only 11am - 4pm.
Hastings /Havelock North and Te MataAskerne Vineyards
267 Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 2089
Mid December to end February open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Rest of the year open weekends and public holidays11am - 5pm.
Black Barn Vineyards
Black Barn Road, RD12, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 7985
Cellar Door: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Bistro: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm - 2.30pm.
Craggy Range Winery
253 Waimarama Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 873 7126
Cellar Door: Open 7 days from 10am.
Terri˘r Restaurant: Open daily in summer. Wednesday to Sunday in winter.
Te Mata Estate Winery
349 Te Mata Road, PO Box 8335, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 4399
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Saturday and public holidays 10am - 5pm.
Sunday 11am - 4pm.
Vidal Winery & Restaurant
913 St Aubyn Street East, Hastings
Tel: 06 872 7440
Cellar Door: Open Daily from 10am
Restaurant: Open Daily - Bookings essential
265 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 1477
Summer: (Labour Weekend to April) Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Tastings by prior arrangement at other times.
Te Awanga / CliftonBeach House
50 Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 875 0499
Opening Hours: Summer weekends and public holidays (Labour Weekend
till March) 11am - 5pm.
Tasting also available at Roosters Brew House, 1470 Omahu Road, Hastings, Monday to Saturday.
Clearview Estate Winery
194 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, RD2, Hastings
Tel: 06 875 0150
Daily from 10am in Summer.
Closed Wed & Thu.in winter.
Courtyard restaurant, food, wine and coffee
Elephant Hill Estate & Winery
86 Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 873 0400
Restaurant 06 872 6060
Opening Hours: Cellar Door: 11am - 5pm.
Restaurant: 11am - 10pm.
Kim Crawford Wines
Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 875 0553
December to March 7 days 11am - 6pm.
Rest of the year Saturday to Monday 11am - 5pm.
Other times by arrangement. Platters available in summer.
Heading South and Central Hawkes BayKemblefield Estate Winery
Kemblefield Terrace, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 874 9649
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 9am - 5pm.
Weekends: 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Tastings and cellar door sales. Tours by appointment. Picnic food selection available.
Lime Rock Wines
601 Tikokino Road, Waipawa, Central Hawkes Bay
Tel: 06 857 8247
Opening Summer Weekends: 11am - 4pm. November to end of February.
Other times please phone.
Pukeora Estate (San Hill Wines)
208 Pukeora Scenic Road, RD1, Waipukurau 4281
Tel: 06 858 9339
Opening for cellar door sales by appointment
Related Links for Hawkes Bay Winery Guides
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