OUR STORY

Our location in Puketapu, Hawkes Bay, is the home of Moana Park Estate. With our original vineyard and winery on site, we welcome local and international visitors to experience our wines and a walk through the vines. Our award winning Cellar Door, which has been voted #2 tourist attraction in the Hawkes Bay, offers a tasting opportunity with one of our friendly team members and a delicious local food menu.

Initially the heart of a large sheep station, the original woolshed is still on site which we now use as our winery. Freshly picked onsite or from one of our local vineyards, our fruit go through their fermentation, blending & aging process here. We have a small bottling plant onsite where we produce small runs of wine when required.

Our vines were first planted back in 1981 and are still part of the Moana landscape, while there has been ongoing growth in Hawke’s Bay, expansion has never come at the cost of quality.

MICHELLE RICHARDSON

Head Winemaker, Moana Park Estate

An experienced, passionate and awarded winemaker, we are proud to have Michelle as Head Winemaker for Moana Park Estate. Joining Moana Park in April 2021, her previous career highlights include Group Winemaker at Villa Maria for 10 years, generating 800,000 cases per annum and Winemaker at Peregrine Wines where various gold medals were awarded. Michelle is highly awarded with, NZ Winemaker of the Year (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002), IWC International White Winemaker of the Year (1999, 2001) and Winestate Magazine Champion New Zealand Winemaker (1999, 2000) recognition.

JOHN HANCOCK

Winemaker, Moana Park Estate

We are delighted to have the widely respected John, part of our team as Winemaker for Moana Park Estate. Joining Moana Park in 2018, he brought with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the wine industry, indulged with winemaking skills. John is recognised for his early venture with Morton Estate for their first vintage in 1983, he was christened “Mr Chardonnay” during his time there. In 1984 he made the country’s first whole-bunch pressed, barrel-fermented chardonnay. His annual international chardonnay tastings while at Morton Estate reinforced his reputation as a masterful chardonnay maker. In 1996, John co-founded Trinity Hill, recognising the potential of Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels, he embarked on an incredible journey for over 20 years with them in roles including Winemaker, General Manager and Marketing.

VINEYARDS

WOOLSHED BLOCK

Woolshed Block is located in the Puketapu Valley, Hawkes Bay and is the home of Moana Park Estate and the primary source of our Chardonnay grapes.

The land the estate now resides on was underwater prior to the 1931 Napier earthquake. The natural disaster caused the nearby Tutaekuri river to change its course and the vineyard land rose out of the water. The estate was originally a large sheep station farmed by the Smith family, hence the name for the block where the original woolshed still stands, and the name Moana Park being the original name of the wool brand from this station. Sauvignon Blanc vines were originally first planted back on the block in 1981. The site was chosen for the rich alluvial soil washed down from the surrounding hills and the river bed, the cooler climate of the valley, and the protection from the north westerly and westerly winds provided by the hills. These soils and microclimate were later recognised as the perfect growing conditions for excellent Chardonnay, and Chardonnay vine grafts, originating from Dijon, were planted, replacing the Sauvignon Blanc.

This block is also home to our highly awarded Moana Park Cellar Door, situated amongst the beautiful park surroundings, where you can indulge in a glass of our gorgeous wine and a platter under the giant plane trees and gaze at the surrounding hills

MERE ROAD

Our prized Mere Road vineyard is situated in the world recognised, premiere wine growing region in Gimblett Gravels. 

This unique terroir consists of gravel soils that have been deposited by the Ngaruroro River over many thousands of years. Our site at the northern end, further away from the river, has a layer of silt on top of the gravels, providing more substance to hold nutrients and moisture, leading to high performance in dry seasons. The vineyard is also located in the lee of Roy’s Hill, the only geographic feature in the Gimblett Gravels, providing advantageous protection from the cold winds of the south. This terroir allows extended ripening and enhances the fruit characteristics of the berries, producing generous flavour, balanced acids, and consistent physiological ripeness. 

The grapes from this vineyard are used in producing our Syrah and the Merlot. Our Merlot has ripe stone fruit characteristics such as plum, as well as chocolate, whereas our Syrah has greater black pepper characteristics.

VILLAGE BLOCK

The Village Block is situated on the Heretaunga Plains, 2 kilometres from the Havelock North village, on the banks of the Karamu Stream.

This area has unique climatic attributes, with the surrounding hills and being close to the coast, the temperature is moderated by the effects of the sea. The soils are largely alluvial sandy loam, laid down by the adjoining rivers and streams of the area. The combination of the soil and climate provides a base which is ideal for growing a variety of grapes that produce complex, elegant and aromatic wines.

This 2 Hectare vineyard provides us with a range of grape plantings including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Albariño, Gewurztraminer and Muscat that are produced for Moana Park Estate, in particular our Single Vineyard Reserve. Grapes are hand picked to ensure only the perfect fruit for premium wine production.

OBAN STATION

Oban Station is situated in the rolling hills of Raukawa, Hawke’s Bay. This land has been farmed by the Richmond family for generations with the first vines planted in the early 1990’s.

The vineyard is planted on a North-North East facing steep hillside that gives it a great sun aspect, coupled with the wind coming over the hill, blowing away any potentially damaging frosts. The site was chosen due to its distinctive limestone and free draining loam soils, akin to Burgundy, and associated with quality. It’s unique topography and soils ensures that only the best fruit comes off this block for our premium brands, Moana Park Reserve and Single Vineyard Reserve and Mutu.

The grapes from this vineyard produce stunning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with a Bordeaux style Sauvignon Blanc.

MESSENGER BLOCK

The Messenger Block, located in Stillwater Auckland. Featuring Malbec rootstock sailed over from Bordeaux in 1863, before Phylloxera ravaged all remaining rootings.

Home of the multi-gold winning Messenger Wine, revived by Moana Park Estate since it’s final vintage in 2014. Stillwater is well-known for its gentle rolling hills and beautiful tidal estuary. The vineyard was established in this location because it is sheltered from the prevailing winds, and enjoys wonderful sunshine from early morning to late afternoon, on a gently sloping north facing site on the banks of the Weiti river.

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