The Crossroads story

Crossroads was started in 1987 with the aim to produce the best possible wine from an exceptional place in an exceptional country – Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. We are driven by the desire to bring you wines that set the benchmarks of what that variety can achieve in Hawke’s Bay.

To achieve this, it became clear we had to have total control of our winegrowing and winemaking from start to finish. To that end, Crossroads purposely sourced and developed more vineyards. Today, all our Hawke’s Bay wines come from our own vineyards. 

Carefully selected parcels of land have been developed for each specific variety to ensure all care is given at every step in the process. As a small team, every decision is made to ensure that Crossroads wines are great not just good, but are crafted without ever compromising quality.

Our signature wine, Talisman, reflects our belief that hard work and good fortune are closely linked and that only wine made with love can be truly great.  

Crossroads timeline

1851

  • First vineyards planted in Hawke’s Bay, the oldest New Zealand wine region.

1987

  • Crossroads starts with the purchase of land for a winery and vineyard.

1990

  • First Crossroads wine released.

1994

  • First vintage of our flagship wine, Talisman.

2001

  • The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association formed.
  • John van der Linden joins Crossroads as viticulturist.
  • We develop the Kereru Vineyard and source bare land in the new Gimblett Gravels appellation.
  • We redevelop the existing Home Block vineyard.

2002

  • We develop four high-density vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels appellation –Elms, Southbank, Mere and Bridgeman.
  • We develop the remainder of the Home Block vineyard.

2004

  • Miles Dinneen comes on board as the Crossroads winemaker.
  • First wines from our Gimblett Gravel vineyards released.

2009

  • We upgrade the Crossroads winery.

2011

  • Crossroads joins the Yealands Wine Group.