The Hawkes Bay region is located in the central 'Fish Hook' on the east coast of the North Island.
New Zealand’s oldest winegrowing region, the Hawkes Bay region is famed for Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux blends due to its varied soil types and higher heat summation which gives it the ability to ripen these varietals. It is also home to the Gimblett Gravels, a special appellation defined by the unique gravelly soil type from a now exposed riverbed that produces incredible red wines.
This area is defined by unique, free-draining shingle soils and average temperatures up to three degrees hotter than most other areas in Hawkes Bay, resulting in full-bodied, complex and elegant red wines. Characterised by high sunshine hours and diversity of landscape and soil types, the Gimblett Gravels sub-region has earned a reputation as one of the finest wine-producing regions in the world for classically styled Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
New Zealand's largest wine region is world-famous for its crisp, fruit-driven sauvignon blanc.
Home to our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Marlborough has some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand but below-average night time temperatures that drop rapidly. This captures the acidity and brilliant fresh flavours in the grapes, delivering the intense, fruit-driven styles of wine that have made the region world-famous.
Read more about wine growing in Marlborough.