Four Hawke’s Bay wineries are joining forces at one newly refurbished cellar door for visitors on State Highway 50 in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area.

The collaboration brings Te Awa, Esk Valley, Vidal and Villa Maria wines all together at the revamped Te Awa Cellar Door.

All four brands are owned by Villa Maria Wines, so it makes sense to have them all under one larger umbrella, which can add to the visitor experience, says Villa Maria executive director Karen Fistonich.

The oldest winery of the four is Esk Valley, situated at Bayview, north of Napier city. Its cellar door closed in April this year. Long term winemaker Gordon Russell has been making Esk Valley wines since 1992 when he took over the winemaking reigns from Grant Edmonds, who worked there from the first vintage in 1988.

  • The Te Awa Cellar Door is open 7 days from 10am to 4pm at 2375 State Highway 50, Flaxmere, Roy’s Hill, Hawke’s Bay.