1 – Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District
Located only 10 minutes from Porters Hotel, Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District is home to a number of cellar doors and wineries and is also popular with cyclists with its meandering limestone cycleways. Here you’ll find Sileni Estates Winery with its award-winning cellar door tasting their full range of wines. The Cellar Door also offers artisan chocolates, local food products and local and international cheese from the climate controlled cheese larder.
Just up the road you’ll find Alpha Domus, the quintessential cellar door, set within the operational winery. You can see the sights and smell the aromas of premium wines in production. Next door at Abbey Cellars, you can experience ‘wines with soul’ alongside delicious platter and pizzas, with music and entertainment available on weekends throughout summer. Head around the corner to Oak Estate Boutique winery located in the Bridge Pa Triangle and enjoy the casual atmosphere for a wine tasting and all-day Artisan Food surrounded by vines.. The last stop on this journey is Ash Ridge Wines, a great place to taste some Hawke’s Bay wines, relax and enjoy a platter amongst the vines.
2 – Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District
The Gimblett Gravels is renowned for its gravelly soils and ability to provide high quality red wines. It is also home to a number of Cellar Doors where you can sample the richness and flavour of these infamous soils. First stop is Trinity Hill, an iconic Hawke’s Bay winery. Enjoy a tipple at their tasting room and savour a line-up of locally produced wines while being surrounded by barrels and the scent of fermentation. Only a couple of minutes up the road you will find Te Awa Winery and Restaurant. With delightful grounds and a stunning backdrop, stop and enjoy a selection of wines, a platter under the trees or seasonal Hawke’s Bay produce at the restaurant. Unison Vineyard is the last stop on the trek through the gravels and features an impressed winery café – lounge on the sofa, or alfresco on a bean bag in the courtyard while enjoying their wines.
3 – The Pioneers
On your way out of the district, stop by at Pask Winery. Their winery is open year-round for sales and tastings. Its founder and namesake Chris Pask was a Gimblett Gravels pioneer planting the first block at the end of Gimblett Road. Extend yourself a little further on this journey to Mission Estate Winery located around 25 minutes north of Porters Hotel near Napier. Established in 1851 Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand’s oldest winery and birthplace of New Zealand Wine. Located inside the impressive seminary building you’ll find the Mission cellar door offering the complete wine experience.
Heading back to home, venture into Hastings and visit Vidal Estate Winery and Restaurant. Taste through their wines and the wine shop or experience delectable food from the restaurant, the first Winery Restaurant established in New Zealand and one which remains an icon today. Complete your pioneering winery tour with a visit to Te Mata Estate, located only 5 minutes from Porters Hotel in Havelock North. Te Mata Estate was established in 1896, specialising in high-quality wines of classical style. Enjoy a stunning range of wines at their Cellar Door in the heart of Havelock North.
4 – Go coastal
Te Awanga, located on the coastline of Hawke’s Bay and only 15 minutes from Porters Hotel, offers a unique winery experience with delicious coastal influences of the sea impacting the flavours of the wine.
Clearview Estate Winery is known for its iconic ‘red shed’ restaurant with views of Cape Kidnappers and rustic winery experience. Explore a line-up of coastal influenced wines and enjoy a comprehensive seasonal menu. Only a few minutes up the road is the impressive Elephant Hill where you can enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while sipping on a range of Hawke’s Bay wines.
5 – The must-see wineries
Last on our list are two wineries you must visit before your Hawke’s Bay visit comes to an end. Both located only 5-10 minutes from Porters Hotel. Black Barn Vineyards offers a wine tasting room, bistro, kitchen store, and during the warmer months, a growers market. Craggy Range, located on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak is one of the most breath-taking locations in the region. Enjoy a selection of wines at the Cellar Door or gaze up at the sleeping giant from the restaurant terrace.