Motoring south on Highway 5 from Taupo to Napier, the first sign that you have reached Hawkes Bay wine country is the wel-coming sight of rows of vineyards lining the roads through Eskdale and on to Bay View. Tucked into the hillside is Esk Valley Estate, regarded as one of the best boutique producers in the country. The original winery was established in 1933 by Robert Bird, and under the management of two successive generations it grew to become a major player.
Despite extensive upgrading, the strong buildings at its heart have been retained, including the 85-year-old concrete, open-top fermentation tanks.
Appointed in 1993, the award-winning winemaker, Gordon Russell, has seriously elevated Esk Valleys status, with a Winemaker of the Year title firmly under his belt. The winery produces some of the finest reds in the country, and in recent years has built a strong reputation for its unique white wines.
Hawkes bay/ Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah
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