The Vidal Estate Story
Over 150 years ago, Anthony Vidal was born in Barcelona, Spain. A young man with a spirit for adventure, he sailed across the world to New Zealand arriving in 1888 with just an apple and a penny in his pocket. He joined his uncle Joseph Soler, one of New Zealand’s pioneering vintners, and together they worked hard to clear the wild and undeveloped landscape for vineyards. Anthony’s subsequent years were spent learning the art of viticulture and winemaking at his uncle’s side using techniques from their homeland to train the vines. They had extraordinary patience and would wait for years before they released each vintage at its optimum quality.
In 1900, Anthony set out to produce wines of his own in a nearby township but his plantings were unsuccessful. Frustrated by the unsuitable soil and climate, Anthony began a search for the perfect growing region to produce the high quality continental style wines he favoured. He found it in Hawkes Bay, purchasing an old racing stable which he converted into rudimentary cellars and established Vidal in 1905. Success followed quickly, underpinned by his patient and natural approach to winemaking. Today we continue this approach, producing unique, terroir-driven wines from outstanding sites in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough that we take to the world.
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Hawkes Bay & Marlborough
Vidal was established after a long search by Anthony Vidal for a New Zealand wine growing region with natural potential culminated in Hawkes Bay, marking the beginning of an enduring ambition to produce the best possible wine from the New Zealand landscape. This ambition saw Vidal expand to Marlborough to produce outstanding wines for which New Zealand is famous for worldwide.
Respecting the land
Vidal Estate is dedicated to environmentally friendly winemaking and sustainable winegrowing practices. This mindset is reflective of the respect that Vidal Estate has for the land and increases quality assurance from vineyard through to finished wine.
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Vintage Report 2020
In over 100 vintages at Vidal Estate we have never experienced one like 2020! Of course, every vintage is different, with the wines reflecting the season just gone and telling the story of the land, the climate and the people of that season and before. Some years are more challenging than others due to climatic pressure but not this year.
90+ scores for Vidal Estate in esteemed Robert Parkers - Wine Advocate
Joe Czerwinski from Wine Advocate has given Vidal some stellar reviews from the recent North Island tasting further cementing Vidal Estate as a premium producer of quality wines in New Zealand.
The Best Chardonnay in the World Comes From Vidal Estate
Crichton has achieved greatness with Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, his last five vintages* of Vidal Estate’s premium Chardonnays picking up top awards globally.