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.

Moana Park Estate is proud to be Vegan, our wines have been certified by New Zealand Vegan Society to include plant based alternatives to animal products. Often during the ‘fining’ stage of the process of wine making, animal proteins such as egg whites, fish or milk are included to refine tiny particles unable to be captured by filtration. As an alternative to this, we use pea protein as our fining agent to clarify and stabilise the wine. At Moana Park, operating as a socially responsible business are core values we hold to encourage more sustainable process practices.

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

The original site in Puketapu that was first planted back in 1981 is still part of the Moana landscape, and while there has been ongoing growth in Hawke’s Bay, expansion has never come at the cost of quality.

Home of our winery and award-winning Cellar Door, here is where we source our Chardonnay from.

MERE ROAD

Our prized Mere Road vineyard situated in the premiere wine growing region in the Hawke's Bay. 

This unique terroir allows extended ripening and enhances the fruit characteristics of the berries, producing generous flavour, balanced acids, and consistent physiological ripeness. 

Source of our Syrah, Merlot, and Bordeaux Blends.

VILLAGE BLOCK

The Village Block, nestled away in Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay along the Karamu Stream. Source of our Chardonnay, Muscat, and Albariño.

OBAN STATION

Oban Station, situated in the rolling hills of Raukawa Hawke’s Bay. It’s unique topography ensures that only the best fruit comes off this block.

Source of our Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

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.

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