Hawke's Bay is a very well known winegrowing region on New Zealand's North Island. It is the oldest wine region in New Zealand, as well as the second largest and with a climate similar to that of Bordeaux, is producing some spectacular red wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. However, while the majority of production is red wine, due to the varying terroir and climate across the region, there is quite a wide variety of wines produced, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, to name a few.
With around 70 wineries in the region, there are some amazing cellar door experiences to be had, as well as some fantastic dining options and we had fabulous meals at Craggy Range, Elephant Hill and Black Barn Vineyards.
We found the picturesque town of Havelock North provided an excellent base to explore the region and there are even a few cellar doors within walking distance of town, as well as a number of other well regarded dining options.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the region and it is definitely one we look forward to getting back to and exploring further in the future.