Guided Wine Tours of Hawkes Bay, Napier,
Havelock North and Hastings
Hawke's Bay is a land blessed with fantastic weather and hospitable
people. Add on to that fantastic quality and diversity in wine and
it spells heaven. Process cropping, horticulture, pastoralism and
market gardening thrive alongside viticulture.
Hawke's Bay is the
oldest established wine growing region in New Zealand. The first
grapes were introduced into the region, as far back as 1851 by
Marist priests who originally came form Lyon in France.
The climate in Hawke's Bays
is very similar to that of Bordeaux, France -
resulting in some outstanding reds. The region
is home to around fifty percent of New Zealand's
top red wines. A wide choice of award winning
wines, are available covering most styles. Learn
The region has a wide range
of soils from fertile silty loams to free draining gravels. This
diversity makes it possible to produce a considerable range of wine
styles. There are 22 categories of soil types on the Heretaunga
Plains alone, from stones to hard pans to heavy silts.
is the most widely planted grape variety followed by later-ripening
red grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc and Syrah, as well as the early ripening Pinot Noir.
and Hastings are the two main cities of Hawke's Bay. The twin cities
were destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and then rebuilt in the
style of the time's art deco, more so Napier, which suffered the
most damage. Along with their beautiful architecture the two cities
lie within a fantastic maze of orchards and vineyards. Napier is
known as the art deco capital of the world, an absolute haven for
lovers of 30`s architecture.
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