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Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration 2018 – A Wellington Photo Exposé


The Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration is one of the great New Zealand wine events for the wine and hospitality trade, as well as the public. It is the ‘Hot Red Road Show’ that grew to allow whites to be showcased, and now attendees can get to see top examples of all the varieties and styles from Hawke’s Bay.

Normally when attending this, I make a point of tasting one wine from each exhibitor (their choice) which I make a tasting note on, then I take a photo of the person behind the stand. That way, every exhibitor, usually around 30, gets a fair go. In my younger days, I would try and taste every wine – sort of speed tasting – but that only gave me a general feel of each wine and winery. Those days are long gone, and I prefer to spend a short, quality-filled time that is meaningful to the exhibitor as well as myself. In the trade, I can understand why one might only want to taste the Chardonnays or Merlot-blends, or just visit specific exhibitors.

This year, there were 37 advertised exhibitors showing a minimum of 220 wines. We were allotted 3 hours to do visits and tastings. I knew that it would be impossible for me to take a tasting note and photograph of all 37 exhibitors in that time. So this year, I elected to just take photos. Afterall, it is the people that play a great part in how the wine shows. Here are my photos, in alphabetical order of exhibitor. I hope you enjoy them.

Abbey Estate - Dermot Haworth

Alpha Domus Winery - Barry Riwai

Askerne - Kathryn Loughlin

Babich Wines - Antonia Romero

Beach House Wines - Chris Harrison

Church Road - Mitch Hyndman & Craig Thomas
Cellar Door & Production Winemaker

Clearview Estate - Matt Kirby & Lisa Clarke

Collaboration Wines - Julz Brogden

Coopers Creek - Simon Nunns

Craggy Range - Mike Bancks

Cypress Wines - Mel Lawson

Easthope Family Winegrowers - Emma Easthope

Elephant Hill - Jinnie Lock

Esk Valley - Gordon Russell

Lauregan Wines - Mike Old

Linden Estate - Angela Ranson & Trevor Shepherd

Mills Reef Winery - Mike Wheeler & Dan Shae

Mission Estate - Alex Roper &Jenna Isaac

Moana Park - Trevor Howes

Osawa Wines - Mark Lim

Paritua - Jason Stent

Pask Wines - Moore Haszard

Sacred Hill - Tim Hansen & Amber Oliver

Smith & Sheth - Michael Henley

Squawking Magpie - Gavin Yortt

Stonecroft - Andria Monin

Supernatural Wine Co. - Greg Collinge & Hayden Penny

Taiao Estate - Wi Te Tau Huata & Donna Awatere Huata

Te Awa - Gabby Pred & Richard Painter

Te Awanga Estate - Tania Fulcher

Te Mata Estate - Sally Duncan

Tony Bish Wines - Oscar Bish & Tony Bish

Trinity Hill - Michael Herrick

Unison - Philip Horn

Vidal Estate - Kirsty Warbrick

Villa Maria - Kayla Drake & Nick Picone

Hawke's Bay Wine - Adele Fitzgerald

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