Hawke’s Bay a Great Wine Capital of the World

Grape vines in a vineyard with the text Great Wine Capitals

Hawke's Bay has been announced as a Great Wine Capital of the World, confirming the region's reputation as New Zealand's Food and Wine Country. New Zealand’s oldest wine growing region joins global heavyweights such as Bordeaux (France), Bilbao (Spain) and Napa Valley (USA), as the newest Great Wine Capital of the world.


Established in Bordeaux in 1999, the Great Wine Capital Global Network has shared an important mission: to sustain the health and prosperity of wine-related industries, communities and tourism in their Capitals through collaborating on a wide range of projects in industry, tourism, education, business and travel.


Hawke's Bay's admission to the Great Wine Capitals programme comes after a stringent selection process that looks at a region’s winegrowing industry, its history, its wine tourism, educational opportunities, business, and travel, as well as the cities and region itself. Learn more about why Hawke's Bay is a Great Wine Capital.


Blessed with some of the best wine-growing soils and climates in the country, Hawke’s Bay produces top quality wines that can stand tall with the greatest wine regions in the world, producing more than 40,000 tonnes of grapes and with more than 200 vineyards, 125 wine producers and more than 30 cellar doors.


This red wine poached pear tarte tatin is a match made in heaven. For a savoury option, we paired red wine with chocolate in a beautiful sauce to accompany venison.

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