Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine region.
Hawkes Bay has an international reputation for producing high quality Bordeaux Blends (primarily from Cabernet and Merlot ), in addition to Syrah and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir is also grown, along with a range of aromatic white wines and dessert wines.
A warm, temperate climate makes the Hawkes Bay region ideal for fruit. Vines were first planted in 1851 by missionaries – this area is now known as Mission Winery.