Every Wine Tells A Story: The Hawke’s Bay Region

May 25, 2017


Hawke’s Bay - A step into New Zealand’s Rich Wine History 


New Zealand’s second largest wine region, sunny Hawke’s Bay has been an abundant source of fine wine since 1851.  Hawke’s Bay’s benign climate and high sunshine hours have established the region as ideal for fruit-growing. Vines were first planted in 1851 by Marist missionaries and Hawke’s Bay enjoys a significant international reputation for producing some of the country’s best wines, red and white.


Capable of producing a wide range of varieties to a very high standard, Hawke’s Bay is best known for its Merlot Cabernet blends and Syrah, and equally impressive Chardonnay.


Hawke’s Bay numerous wineries and vineyards encompass both large multi-regional entities and tiny family-owned boutique producers with all sharing a commitment to making great wine.


At Winetopia, presented by Singapore Airlines, you have the unique opportunity to experience wines from 9 different and celebrated Hawke’s Bay vineyards.  



Established by Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg in 1988, Clearview Estate Winery continues as a family owned and operated business. Situated on the Hawke’s Bay coast, and enjoying a unique microclimate, Clearview Estate produces iconic wines with its flagship Chardonnays winning many prestigious awards.  Many of Clearview’s best wines will be available to taste at Winetopia, Auckland.


Craggy Range

Craggy Range is a family business started by Terry Peabody and his wife Mary in 1993.  Recognised in 2014 by renowned US publication Wine Enthusiast as 'New World Winery of the Year', many of Craggy Range’s wines have received notable accolades and awards.  Many of these wines will be available to try at Winetopia, Auckland.


Trinity Hill

The story about Trinity Hill starts in in 1987 in London, when the owner John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson. Together they started dreaming about making their own wines and as a result Trinity Hill was established in 1993 to produce world class wines with an emphasis on the classic Bordeaux varieties and Syrah for red wine from the Gimblett Gravels region and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc for whites from the cooler inland and southerly regions.  Many of these award-winning wines will be available to taste at Winetopia, Auckland and Wellington.


Paritua Vineyard

Located in the heart of the Hawke’s Bay Region, Paritua wines are only produced in outstanding vintages. Jason Stent, the winemaker of Paritua, spent two years studying wine in France and uses that as a big inspiration for the Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay wines produced at Paritua. Try some of their great wines at Winetopia, Auckland & Wellington.



Sacred Hill

The story of the wines of Sacred Hill started in 1986. Brothers David and Mark Mason grew up with a passion for wine on the family farm in Sacred Hill. Together with their friend, Tony Bish, they started with the philosophy that they wanted to make more wine than they could drink, so they could share with friends and family.  From small winery to international star, Sacred Hill has come a long way in the last two decades. With 4 ranges of wines, all are clearly distinct from one another reflecting the unique character of the regions and vineyards they originate from.  Try their renowned Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir at Winetopia, Auckland & Wellington



A family vineyard established in 1993 by husband and wife Philip and Terry Horn. They still run the vineyard with help from their boys Luke and Oliver. Specialising in fine wines, Unison places great importance on wood treatment to ensure their wines have great overall balance, good concentration and a silky tannin structure with a fine lingering finish. Try their great tasting Chardonnay, Merlot & Syrah wines at Winetopia, Auckland


Alpha Domus

Established by the Ham Family, Alpha Domus winery has been running since 1990. Committed to producing premium quality wine that reflect their unique terroir in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District they produce world-class wines from a wide range of varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah.  Many of these wines will be available to taste at Winetopia, Auckland & Wellington.


Elephant Hill

Established in 2013 and located on the Te Awanga coast, Elephant Hill’s overriding philosophy is about quality. Known for being innovative, the wine making is still driven by tradition where meticulous attention to detail results in the highest quality wines.  Try their Chardonnay, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon at Winetopia, Auckland and Wellington 


Red Metal Vineyards

Established in 1991, Red Metal Vineyards is situated in the acclaimed Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region.  Renowned for its merlot/franc blends you can taste their wines at Winetopia Wellington.


Left Field

Part of the Te Awa Collection and established by winemaker Richard Painter Left Field has a very modern and experimental way of making wine – try their Pinot Gris with a taste of ripe apple, lovely spice and vanilla at Winetopia, Auckland & Wellington.


Auckland 9-10 June, Shed 10 -  http://bit.ly/2rkT57k

Wellington 15-16 July, Shed 6 - http://bit.ly/2qLsKSX


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