Our place in Hawke’s Bay
Crossroads have vineyards in different parts of Hawke’s Bay – four of them in the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels appellation. Hawke’s Bay is essential to who we are at Crossroads and defines the wine we bring you.
Hawke’s Bay wine region
Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. The region has an uninterrupted winegrowing tradition stretching back to 1851. Hawke’s Bay is the home to more vineyards than any New Zealand wine region except Marlborough.
The long sunshine hours in Hawke’s Bay makes it the ideal place to grow later ripening grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. At Crossroads, we also grow the region’s top white variety, Chardonnay, as well as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The terroir in Hawke’s Bay typically creates fruit that can be crafted into wines of great finesse and elegance.
Hawke’s Bay sub-regions
One of the exciting benefits of Hawke’s Bay from a winemaking perspective is the varied topography and wide range of soil types, from fertile silty loams to free-draining shingle. This gives winemakers the opportunity to make a wide range of wine styles.
Among the many sub-regions, Gimblett Gravels is especially revered. This area of 800ha is defined by its soil. Gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River were exposed after a huge flood in the 1860s and have proven to produce some of the world’s finest full-bodied red wines.
Four of our vineyards are in the renowned Gimblett Gravels appellation. Our Kereru Vineyard also lies on the banks of the Ngaruroro River, but some 15km further inland. Our home vineyard at Fernhill lies near the river as well, about 4km downstream from the Gimblett Gravels.
The Crossroads winery, cellar door and Home Block vineyard are at Fernhill, only a 20-minute drive from both Taradale and Hastings on State Highway 50. We’d love to see you if you’re ever in our part of the world!
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