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Guided Wine Tours of Hawkes Bay, Napier, Havelock North and Hastings

Hawke's Bay

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 about Terroir.

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.

Chardonnay 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.

Napier 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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