Region Focus – Hawkes Bay New Zealand

by | May 9, 2024 | 0 comments

Wine Guy on Skye has travelled the world to try and bring back amazing wines.  New Zealand continues to amaze with their excellent wines, hence why we hold them for you!

Hawke’s Bay, nestled on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, diverse terroir, and exceptional wines. With a rich history dating back to the 19th century, this region has emerged as one of New Zealand’s premier wine destinations, celebrated for its quality wines, particularly reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographically, Hawke’s Bay is blessed with a variety of soil types and microclimates, thanks to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which moderates temperatures and provides cooling sea breezes. This diverse terroir allows for the cultivation of a wide range of grape varieties, contributing to the region’s reputation for producing complex and distinctive wines. One of the defining features of Hawke’s Bay is its Mediterranean-like climate, characterised by long, warm summers and mild winters. This favourable climate, coupled with ample sunshine and well-drained soils, creates optimal growing conditions for grapes, resulting in wines with excellent ripeness, depth of flavour, and natural acidity.

The region’s winemaking history dates back to the 1850s when early European settlers recognized the potential of the area for viticulture. Over the years, Hawke’s Bay has evolved into a dynamic wine-producing hub, home to a vibrant community of winemakers, vineyard owners, and enthusiasts passionate about crafting exceptional wines. Hawke’s Bay is particularly renowned for its red wines, with Bordeaux varietals like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc thriving in the region’s warm climate and diverse soils. These wines often exhibit ripe fruit flavours, supple tannins, and elegant structure, showcasing the unique character of Hawke’s Bay terroir.

Syrah is one of its standout varietals in Hawke’s Bay, producing bold, aromatic wines with notes of dark fruits, spices, and peppery undertones. The region’s cooler sites and limestone-rich soils contribute to the complexity and finesse of Hawke’s Bay Syrah, earning it international acclaim and recognition. We hold the ‘de la terre’ winery’s Syrah from 2017. Tony and Kaye Princhard’s self-built earth-brick winery is a family enterprise and a labour of love.  They counter commercialised winemaking using Tony’s 30 years experience in the region’s wine industry.  His rejection of the increasing industrialisation of wine production shines through his wines and they are literally members of the family.  Check the taste profiles of this Syrah at the WGoS website – – amongst the other excellent wines available for the Misty Isle and beyond.

Beyond its exceptional wines, Hawke’s Bay offers visitors a wealth of experiences to enjoy, from scenic vineyard tours and wine tastings to gourmet dining and cultural attractions. The region boasts a thriving culinary scene, with award-winning restaurants, farmers’ markets, and food festivals showcasing the best of local produce and artisanal fare.

Furthermore, Hawke’s Bay’s natural beauty is a major drawcard, with stunning landscapes ranging from rolling vineyards and fertile plains to rugged coastlines and pristine beaches. Outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in a variety of activities, including hiking, cycling, surfing, and wildlife watching, making Hawke’s Bay a destination that appeals to wine lovers and adventure seekers alike.

In conclusion, Hawke’s Bay stands as a beacon of New Zealand’s wine industry, renowned for its exceptional wines, diverse terroir, and vibrant culture. Whether savouring a glass of world-class Syrah overlooking the vineyards or exploring the region’s scenic wonders, visitors to Hawke’s Bay are sure to be captivated by its charm and hospitality.