Activities - Wineries
Cuisine & Wine
- Sileni Estates
- Craggy Range Winery
- Black Barn Vineyards
- TeAwa Winery
- Mission Estate Winery
- Church Road Winery
- Trinity Hill Winery
- Ngatarawa Wines
- Alpha Domus
- Elephant Hill
- Gimblett Gravels
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.
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.
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 special place. The full name in Maori - Te Awa o Te Atua - means River of God, a reference to the mysterious subterranean streams over which Te Awa is sited, and from which the wines draw their subtle characteristics.
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 Hawke's Bay produce. The chef and winemaker work closely together to pair fine wine with fabulous cuisine creating an experience that is sought, savoured and remembered.
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 has never lost sight of its French Heritage, as over the years the Brothers of the Order have travelled to France to study and learn viticultural and wine making skills. Today, Mission Estate is one of Hawke's Bay's largest established wineries, with a well-respected reputation in both the New Zealand and international markets.
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 winery's commitment to centuries-old winemaking techniques is genuine, not cosmetic. Giant French oak 'cuves' (wine vats) are used to ferment the winery's acclaimed Bordeaux-style red wines, before they begin ageing in the French oak barriques which line the winery's cellars.
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 here, some dating back to the 3000-year-old Iron Age.
The Church Road Winery is set amid a 1.5ha park, home to the annual Church Road Jazz concert. It's fringed by native gardens at the front of the winery and a 1ha Merlot vineyard to the rear.
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. Here, 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 and Jennifer Hancock, Robert and Robyn Wilson (owners of London's Bleeding Heart and The Sign of the Don restaurants) and Trevor and Hanne Janes.
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".
The winery is very picturesque, located in the historic Ngatarawa racing stables, which were refurbished when the winery was established in 1981. Ngatarawa's main varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling (predominately for harvest wines).
Matariki is named after the Maori legend surrounding the cluster of stars that herald in the lunar New Year and provide guidance for the growing season.
John and Rosemary O'Connor own 60 hectares stretching from Gimblett Road to their winery on Kirkwood Road. Their principal vineyard sits on the old Ngaruroro riverbed. The tapestry of soil has been sculpted into a unique vineyard of individual plots each matched to classic grape varieties, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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. 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.
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 Hawke's Bay wine, our vineyard enjoys the spoils of a temperate, dry climate and an extended growing season.
We care. Our grapes are 100% hand picked and we're proudly 100% accredited by the Sustainable Winegrowers of New Zealand.
Gimblett Gravels represents 34 wineries and winegrowers in the premium wine growing area of Hawke's Bay.
The very special gravely soils and unique climatic conditions are key elements to producing superb wines. The district has been building a reputation for producing high quality red wines from Bordeaux red varieties and Syrah.
The Gimblett Gravels district is up to three degrees Celsius warmer during the day in summer and autumn, compared with most other areas in Hawke's Bay. The evenings are also warmer because of thermal conductivity in the stony soils.
Wines produced in the Gimblett Gravels district target the ultra-premium market in New Zealand and markets in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, and Canada.