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Hawkes Bay - Red Wine Country
copyright Sue Courtney
22 August 2001
Updated 14 February 2009

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 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - Wine sub-regions. 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.
Please check the winery websites for up to date information.

Napier North (Esk / Bay View area)

Crab Farm Winery
www.crabfarmwinery.co.nz
511 Main Road, Bay View, Napier
Tel: (06) 8366678
Email: crabfarmwinery@clearnet.nz
Opening Hours:
Cellar Door: 10am -5pm
Restaurant: 12 - 3pm

Esk Valley Estate
www.eskvalley.co.nz
745 Main Road, Bay View, Napier
Tel: 06 872 7430
Email: enquiries@eskvalley.co.nz
Opening Hours: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm.

Eskdale Winegrowers Ltd
State Highway 5, Eskdale
Tel: (06) 8366302
Email: salonius@xtra.co.nz
Cellar door sales: 9am - 5pm most days

Wishart Estate Winery Ltd
www.wishartwinery.co.nz
728 Main North Rd, Bay View
Tel: (06) 836 6355.
Email: sales@wishartwinery.co.nz
No Cellar door

Napier West (Taradale / Puketapu / Dartmoor)

Church Road Winery
www.churchroad.co.nz
150 Church Road, Taradale
Tel: 06 845 9137
Email: thecellardoor@churchroad.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: (October to April) open daily 9am - 5pm.
Winter: (May to September) open daily 10am - 5pm.
Restaurant open from 11.30am.

Mission Estate Winery
www.missionestate.co.nz
198 Church Road, Taradale, Napier
Tel: 06 845 9350
Email: missionwinery@clear.net.nz
Opening Hours:
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

Moana Park
www.moanapark.co.nz
530 Puketapu Road, Taradale, Napier
Tel: 06 844 8269
Email: sales@moanapark.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: (Labour Weekend to Easter) 7 days 11am - 5pm.
Winter: 7 days 12pm - 4pm or by appointment.

Sacred Hill
www.sacredhill.com
1033 Dartmoor Road, Puketapu, Napier
Tel: 06 834 2557
Email: enquiries@sacredhill.com
Opening Hours: Not open to the public. Groups by appointment.

The Grail
www.grailwine.co.nz
Puketapu Village Hotel, Cnr Puketapu and Dartmoor Roads, Puketapu
Tel: 06 844 7206
Email: grant@grailwine.co.nz
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11am - 5pm

Napier South (Pakowhai / Meeanee)

Brookfields Vineyards (1977) Ltd
www.brookfieldsvineyards.co.nz
376 Brookfields Road, Meeanee, Napier
Tel: 06 834 4615
Email: brookfields.vineyards@xtra.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Tasting: 10.30am - 4.30pm daily.
Restaurant: Exclusive lunch and dinner functions by appointment.

Park Estate Winery
www.parkestate.co.nz
2087 Pakowhai Road, RD3, Napier
Tel: 06 844 8137
Email: info@parkestate.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Cellar Door: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Restaurant: Summer 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Thursday to Monday 10am - 5pm.

Flaxmere/Fernhill/Bridge Pa

Abbey Cellars
www.abbeycellars.com
1769 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6171
Email: sales@abbeycellars.com
Opening Hours:
Summer: 11am - 4pm (Labour Weekend to Easter).
Winter: By appointment.

Alpha Domus
www.alphadomus.co.nz
1829 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6752
Email: wine@alphadomus.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: Everyday 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Friday to Monday 11am - 4pm.

Beach House @ Roosters Brew House
www.beachhouse.co.nz
1470 Omahu Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 4127
Email: chris@beachhouse.co.nz
Opening Hours: Monday 10am-7pm; Saturday 2pm - 7pm
Also see entry in Clifton / Te Awanga section

Bridge Pa Vineyard
www.bridgepa.co.nz
Triangle Red Tasting Centre, 217 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa
Tel: 06 879 9355
Email: sales@bridgepa.co.nz
Opening Hours:
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
www.crossroadswinery.co.nz
1747 Highway 50, Fernhill
Tel: (06) 8799737
Email: wines@crossroadswinery.co.nz
Cellar door sales daily from 11am - 5pm for tastings.
New cellar door opened Feb 2009.


CJ Pask Winery
www.cjpaskwinery.co.nz
1133 Omahu Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7906
Email: info@cjpaskwinery.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Saturday & public holidays 10am - 5pm.
Sunday 11am - 4pm.

Hatton Estate Vineyard & Winery
www.hattonestate.com
124 Gimblett Road, RD5, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
Tel: 06 870 4777
Email: info@hattonestate.com
Opening Hours:
Summer: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Matariki Wines
www.matarikiwines.co.nz
52 Kirkwood Road, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6226
Email: sales@matarikiwines.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: Open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter Weekends Only: 11am - 5pm.
Tours Available.

Ngatarawa & Farmgate
www.ngatarawa.co.nz and www.farmgatewines.co.nz
305 Ngatarawa Road, RD5, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7603
Email: info@ngatarawa.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Open Daily.
Summer: (Labour Weekend to Easter) 10am - 5pm.
Winter: (Easter to Labour Weekend) 11am - 4pm.

Salvare Estate
www.salvare.co.nz
403 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings
Tel: 06 874 9409
Email: sales@salvare.co.nz
Opening Hours:
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).

Redmetal Vineyards
www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz
2006 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 6567
Email: info@redmetalvineyards.co.nz
Not open to the public.
Wines available for tasting and sale at Sileni Estate.

Sileni Estates
www.sileni.co.nz
2016 Maraekakaho Road, Bridge Pa, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 8768
Email: info@sileni.co.nz
Village Press Olive Oil
Cellar Store: OpenDaily from 10am
Restaurant: Open 7 days for lunch. Dinner by Appointment

Stonecroft
www.stonecroft.co.nz
Mere Road, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 9610
Email: stonecroft@xtra.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Saturday 11am - 5pm.
Sunday and public holidays 11am - 4pm.

Te Awa Winery
www.teawa.com
2375 State Highway 50, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7602
Email: winery@teawa.com
Opening Hours:
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.

Trinity Hill
www.trinityhill.com
2396 State Highway 50, RD5, Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7778
Email: enquiries@trinityhill.com
Opening Hours: 7 days.
Summer: 10am - 5pm.
Winter: 11am - 4pm.
Antipasto Platters - Summer only.

Unison Vineyard
www.unisonvineyard.co.nz
2163 State Highway 50, RD5 Hastings
Tel: 06 879 7913
Email: info@unisonvineyard.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Winter: Friday and Saturday only 11am - 4pm.

Hastings /Havelock North and Te Mata

Askerne Vineyards
www.askerne.co.nz
267 Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 2089
Email: askerne.wine.nz@xtra.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Mid December to end February open 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Rest of the year open weekends and public holidays11am - 5pm.

Black Barn Vineyards
www.blackbarn.com
Black Barn Road, RD12, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 7985
Email: info@blackbarn.com
Opening Hours:
Cellar Door: 7 days 10am - 5pm.
Bistro: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm - 2.30pm.

Craggy Range Winery
www.craggyrange.com
253 Waimarama Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 873 7126
Email: info@craggyrange.com
Opening Hours:
Cellar Door: Open 7 days from 10am.
Terri˘r Restaurant: Open daily in summer. Wednesday to Sunday in winter.

Te Mata Estate Winery
www.temata.co.nz
349 Te Mata Road, PO Box 8335, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 4399
Email: wine@temata.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Saturday and public holidays 10am - 5pm.
Sunday 11am - 4pm.

Vidal Winery & Restaurant
www.vidal.co.nz
913 St Aubyn Street East, Hastings
Tel: 06 872 7440
Email: enquiries@vidal.co.nz
Cellar Door: Open Daily from 10am
Restaurant: Open Daily - Bookings essential

Zepelin
www.zepelin.co.nz
265 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Tel: 06 877 1477
Email: info@zepelin.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Summer: (Labour Weekend to April) Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Tastings by prior arrangement at other times.

Te Awanga / Clifton

Beach House
www.beachhouse.co.nz
50 Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 875 0499
Email: chris@beachhouse.co.nz
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
www.clearviewestate.co.nz
194 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, RD2, Hastings
Tel: 06 875 0150
Email: wine@clearviewestate.co.nz
Opening Hours:
Daily from 10am in Summer.
Closed Wed & Thu.in winter.
Courtyard restaurant, food, wine and coffee

Elephant Hill Estate & Winery
www.elephanthill.co.nz
86 Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 873 0400
Restaurant 06 872 6060
Email: info@elephanthill.co.nz
Opening Hours: Cellar Door: 11am - 5pm.
Restaurant: 11am - 10pm.

Kim Crawford Wines
www.kimcrawfordwines.co.nz
Clifton Road, Te Awanga
Tel: 06 875 0553
Email: christine@kimcrawfordwines.co.nz
Opening Hours:
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 Bay

Kemblefield Estate Winery
www.kemblefield.co.nz
Kemblefield Terrace, RD1, Hastings
Tel: 06 874 9649
Email: info@kemblefield.co.nz
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
www.limerock.co.nz
601 Tikokino Road, Waipawa, Central Hawke’s Bay
Tel: 06 857 8247
Email: wine@limerock.co.nz
Opening Summer Weekends: 11am - 4pm. November to end of February.
Other times please phone.

Pukeora Estate (San Hill Wines)
www.pukeora.com
208 Pukeora Scenic Road, RD1, Waipukurau 4281
Tel: 06 858 9339
Email: wine@pukeora.com
Opening for cellar door sales by appointment

Related Links for Hawkes Bay Winery Guides
www.hawkesbaywinemakers.co.nz - official website of the Hawkes Bay Winemakers Association (includes a link to a map of the wine region).
www.hawkesbaynz.com - the region's tourism website.
www.hawkesbaywines.com
www.gimblettgravels.com

Wine Tours
www.grapeescapenz.co.nz - Greg Beachen know the wines and knows the winemakers. He specalises in tours of the Hawkes Bay region.

The information on this page was researched by Sue Courtney and normal copyright applies, including the html code.


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