Hawke’s Bay is a wonderfully attractive mix of beautiful scenery, award-winning wines, gourmet experiences, family fun, a thriving arts community, unique wildlife, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage.

Long hot summers and mild sunny winters make Hawkes Bay the perfect year-round getaway for a romantic weekend, a break away with friends, or a family holiday with the kids. Whether it is the fresh bud burst of spring, long hot languid days of summer, the golden hues of harvest or the crisp air and blue skies of winter, Hawke’s Bay is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. BPTWD Paritua Vineyard

Hawkes Bay is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, located at 39.4°South, the same as Madrid in the North.

History, consistency, diversity and innovation continue to provide the foundation for Hawke’s Bay’s reputation as a fine wine producing region. With over 80% of New Zealand’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, Hawke’s Bay has a reputation for superior quality red wines. The warm maritime climate and varying landscape also produces New Zealand’s richest and most complex Chardonnays.

Production, Plantings and Styles (2014)
Total Production45(000 Tonnes)
Proportion of NZ Production Tonnes 10%
Total Producing Hectares 4774
Pinot Gris439haAromatic, spicy, bold ripe wines with balanced acidity and good body, retaining excellent varietal character and freshness.
Syrah 332haAn exciting variety showing great distinction, gaining strength as sites and clones are refined. Wines are perfumed, elegant with ripe fruit, supple tannins and lingering spice.
Chardonnay 1,006haFlagship white variety with excellent fruit intensity and complexity. Wines are full-bodied, lengthy, almost opulent but with finely-tuned acidity balancing the richness.
Red Blends 1,424haMerlot - 1,080ha, Malbec - 95ha, Cabernet Sauvignon - 249ha, Bordeaux blends are highly successful, producing wines of great power, elegance and longevity. Merlot is increasingly the higher percentage in blends, offering rich, plummy depths.
Sauvignon Blanc 937haRich, tree fruit-laden wines, underpinned by bright acidity, they often seen a degree of oak fermentation or maturation, adding complexity and body.
Others325haExcellent examples abound of other aromatic whites such as Viognier, Malbec, Tempranillo and experimental plantings of Italian and Spanish varieties suggesting Hawke's Bay offers many future stand-outs.
Pinot Noir311haThere is much Pinot Noir planted in Hawke's Bay, but the vast majority of this is used for Sparkling wine.