The most common grape varieties planted by the wineries in Hawke’s Bay
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir
White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris
The abundance of sunlight and the sea climate are reflected in the character of the wines — they are described as rich, with a large number of flavors and aromatics. Combining new fruit shades with the familiar structure of Old World wines, the red wines of Hawke’s Bay reveal their elegance and uniqueness. About 80% of the plantings are red grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Syrah also has great potential, from which wine is produced in a classic European style, with distinct notes of black pepper and other spices.