Hawkes Bay has been referred to as New Zealand's Tuscany. It has a rich heritage and culture in grape growing and wine making. It is New Zealand's second largest growing region after Marlborough and boasts a wide range of soil types from fertile silty loams to free draining shingle. More recently it has been put on the map as a world class growing region through the Gimblett Gravels, an area which is now consistently producing red wines of international acclaim. Bordeaux varietal reds tend to perform best here as well as Chardonnay.
MARLBOROUGH / GISBORNE / CENTRAL OTAGO