Many of you may be familiar with New Zealand’s well-known wine region, Hawks Bay. Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawks Bay is home to over 75 wineries. Choosing one winery to visit can be difficult. Our lack of planning limited our choices to walk in cellar shops (what we call a bar tasting in the US).
Esk Valley Winery
We chose to stop at Esk Valley Winery. Why? 1. We could walk-in, and 2. someone in town recommended it to us.
Their cellar shop is an unassuming building surrounded by vines.It is the original building from the 1930s and is stuff full of some great vines. Don’t let this unassuming building fool you.
New Zealand and its view do not disappoint. I love the contrast between the spring green hills and the water of the bay.
The tasting bar focuses solely on the wine. This is no show, no frills, no production wine tasting. Just a great group of people that want to tell you about their wines, and better yet let the wines speak for themselves.
Hawkes Bay climate showcases bigger reds and bigger more complex white wines. Varietals that grown in the region are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Pinot Gris. However, we learned that Esk Valley Winery also sources grapes from the Marlborough, which how they are able to make their Sauvignon Blanc.
On your visit, you can happily taste every wine they have to offer. If we tasted all of them, then I think we would have driven the campervan off a cliff.
The Esk Valley Winery is a great stop for a beginner or the connoisseur. The laid-back feel of the Winery will put anyone at ease who is just starting to learn about wines. The quality of the wines should impress those that know a thing or two about wine.
The history and the beautiful coastline is just a bonus.
If you are in the area, then you should pop in for a taste and leave with a case.