New Zealand is remarkable for the diversity of its landscapes. The country lies on the boundary of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, and the volcanic consequences of this have given us a land with large variations in aspect, altitude, soil-type and rainfall within short distances. The Hawke's Bay region is one of the warmest and driest parts of the country, due to the rain-shadow provided by the mountains to the west - this is the reason for its association with premium Bordeaux-style red blends and syrah wines. However, the diversity of the landscape here means that individual sites may be suited to many different varieties and styles of wine.
We grow riesling, chardonnay, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and syrah ourselves, and are also producing a small parcel of tempranillo from the neighbouring Cranwell vineyard. There are also exciting examples of other varieties in the region - including pinot noir, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, viognier, montepulciano and tannat - making the bay a great wine-tasting destination.
Wine aside, the great weather here gives us an array of other natural produce, which is used to full benefit in some fine local restaurants. There is a thriving little art and music scene, and the many recreational possibilities afforded by our rivers, beaches, hills and cycle trails make a visit to the bay well worth the trip.