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Region Wineries

Hawke’s Bay is the largest wine region in the North Island and the country’s second-largest. It is also rich in wine history. Vines were first planted in the Bay in 1851 by French Marist Brothers. The winery they founded (today called Mission Estate) is New Zealand’s oldest and is still under the ownership of the Society of Mary.

Pinot Noir arrived in Hawke’s Bay in the late 19th century. Today it occupies 230ha of the region’s vineyard area of which over 80% is harvested for table Pinot Noir and the balance for sparkling production.  Hawke’s Bay is a region of diversity with both warm climate sites (Bordeaux reds, and Syrah have gained fame off the Heretaunga Plains and Havelock Hills) but also cool-climate sites.  The majority of the region’s Pinot Noir plantings are found on the alluvial plateaus flanking either side of Ngaruroro River where their proximity to Ruahine Ranges and higher altitude provides substantially cooler conditions with greater diurnal variation well suited to growing Pinot Noir.  Mangatahi and Crownthorpe are sub-regions where it has a foothold, but sites in the upper Dartmoor and also on the coast at Te Awanga produce beautiful examples of Pinot Noir. Further south, in part due to the lure of limestone, there is a cluster of fine Pinot Noir producers in Central Hawke’s Bay.

 

Junction Wines

Junction Wines: single vineyard range, from the wind swept, stony gravels of the Takapau Plains. Hand harvested fruit exposed to Central Hawkes Bay’s long hot dry season and cool nights make these intense aromatic wines distinctive and unique. The vineyard is located 250 metres above sea level; believed to be the highest vineyard in Hawkes Bay with grapes grown on Takapau silt loam soils; a free draining red metal soil. Pinot Noir is our passion and the award winning Body and Soul Pinot Noir strives to emulate this.

Sileni Estates

In ancient Greece the Sileni were companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, vineyards and theatre. When there was something to be celebrated, the Sileni were always on hand to encourage enjoyment of delicious food, great wine and social interaction. Named in their honour, Sileni produces a range of Pinot Noirs made to be great collaborators, with a talent for enhancing flavours and textures, and most importantly bringing people together; friends, family, community.

Te Mata Estate Winery

Te Mata Estate was established in Havelock North in 1896, we remain family owned and operated specialising in high-quality wines of classical style including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea Cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc, Zara Viognier and, launched in 2018, Alma Pinot Noir. Every step in the production of our wines is undertaken by us, from grape growing and pruning through to winemaking and bottling.