The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District has been launched to celebrate and promote one of New Zealand’s premium winegrowing sub-regions. It extends over more than 2,000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga plains and includes the largest concentration of vineyards in Hawke’s Bay. Home to a large number of internationally acclaimed wineries and vineyards, the co-ordination of this Hawke’s Bay sub-region has been the brainchild of a small group of local winegrowers, and now includes eleven wineries and seven individual grape growers among its members.
Alwyn Corban and Garry Glazebrook of Ngatarawa Wines pioneered wine production in the area in the 1980s and it is only with the growth of other boutique wineries in the late 1990s that the “Bridge Pa Triangle” has been delineated and named. The area is also sometimes described as The Maraekakaho Triangle and The Ngatarawa Triangle. Bordering Ngatarawa Road and to the north of the area along State Highway 50 is the Gimblett Gravels wine growing area.
The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District was initially proposed in 2008 and a small group of winemakers and owners from the wineries on the “Triangle” met in late 2012 to get the project off the ground.
Through the initialization of the wine district each member endeavors to promote the unique properties that the wines from this region reflect.