The Moana Park Vineyards

The original site in Puketapu that was first planted back in 1986 is still part of the Moana landscape, and while there has been ongoing growth in Hawke’s Bay expansion has never come at the cost of quality. Our viticultural team does thorough assessment of soil types, aspect and climatic conditions before deciding on utilising any piece of land for vineyards.

We have established estate vineyards throughout Hawke’s Bay forming an important platform for our portfolio of wines. As Moana Park continues to build a range from the best quality sites in Hawke’s Bay, to date we have secured quality sites including two vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s prime winegrowing district, the Gimblett gravels, both of which continually prove to be little gold mines for consistantly producing some of the finest Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay in the world. Together with our freshly-replanted Puketapu home block, these are critical to the security of Moana Park as one of New Zealand’s finest producers.

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GIMBLETT ROAD

The sub-region surrounding & encompassing Gimblett Road has its own micro climate with Roy’s Hill blocking the prevailing winds and cloud formation, as well as heat retention and reflection from the stony soils during the warm days over summer. This effectively means a different categorisation from the “cool climate” definition used for the broader New Zealand wine industry.

This unique terroir allows extended ripening and enhances the fruit characteristics of the berries, producing generous flavour, balanced acids and consistent physiological ripeness. This Gimblett Road site has Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Chardonnay and Malbec planted. This vineyard gives us a high quality fruit to play with in the winery – in the past this vineyard was utilised by Kingsley Estate where eight of the nine wines produced from this site won gold medals or 5 star equivalent. Since then we have achieved accolades of our own for our Single Vineyard Reserve wines that hark from this site.

MERE ROAD

The Mere Road Vineyard, is the second vineyard in the portfolio in the sub-region surrounding & encompassing Gimblett Road has its own micro climate with Roy’s Hill blocking the prevailing winds and cloud formation, as well as heat retention and reflection from the stony soils during the warm days over summer. This Block is Twyford Type 1 Gravel, meaning there are burms of pure Greywacke all over the site. This lead to us calling the block Onewa, meaning Grey Stone in Maori.

This unique terroir allows extended ripening and enhances the fruit characteristics of the berries, producing generous flavour, balanced acids and consistent physiological ripeness. This Onewa site has Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah planted. This vineyard gives us additional high quality fruit to play with in the winery to pair with our Gimblett Road Site.

Puketapu Vineyard (Home Block)

The Puketapu vineyard, home also to our winery and award-winning cellar door, was originally planted in 1981. It has been home to some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in the North Island, along with Mendoza Chardonnay and a “few rows” of Muscat for Ice Wine purposes.

The vineyard is currently undergoing a full re-plant, and we’re still deciding what will make the cut for the last few rows – perhaps the Dijon clone 95 Chardonnay, Viognier, a small amount of Pinot Gris and some Muscat A Petits grains blanc, why? Because it is bloody delicious, thats why!

If you’re keen to have a wander among the vines and sample some of the best wine and hospitality New Zealand has to offer, we’d love to have you.

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