The sunny Hawke’s Bay, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is the country’s second largest wine region. The temperate climate and high sunshine hours makes the region ideal for fruit growing — including vines, which were first planted in 1851 by Marist missionaries. Today the region has established an international reputation for producing some of New Zealand’s best wines.
The geography of the region includes the hilly coastal land around the northern and central bay, the floodplains of the Wairoa River in the north, the wide fertile Heretaunga Plains around Hastings in the south, and a hilly interior stretching up into the Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges. A largely unremarkable hill in southern Hawkes Bay has achieved fame as the longest place name in New Zealand and the longest in the world according to the 2009 Guinness Book of Records. Can you pronounce it? Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronuku- pokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
Hawke’s Bay is home to Indevin’s smallest winery, which has 4,000 tonnes of annual grape processing capability and is designed primarily for red wine production.