CRAGGY RANGE WINERY Gimblett Gravels Merlot, Hawkes Bay
Region: Hawkes Bay
Country: New Zealand
Established in 1851, Hawkes Bay is the oldest region in New Zealand and the second largest in size. Situated on the eastern coast of the North Island, the region enjoys a maritime climate tempered by hot, dry, north-westerly winds that help moderate the climate and reduce disease pressure in the area. Soils in Hawkes Bay are typically Franceee draining and of low fertility, with the best vineyard sites planted on the north-facing hillsides and river terraces. The famous sub-region of Gimblett Gravels, is delineated by the unique gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which became exposed after a huge flood in the 1860's. Hawkes Bay is a region of family owned vineyards, planted primarily to red varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, although Chardonnay is also grown in the region.
CRAGGY RANGE WINERY
Craggy Range is a premium family owned winery based in Hawkes Bay. Pioneers in the single vineyard movement owing to the vision of Viticulture and Wine Director, Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range produces an extensive range of premium wines that express both their variety and their individual vineyard site. The winery has vineyard holdings in Marlborough, Martinborough and Hawkes Bay including the famous Gimblett Gravels vineyard. All vineyards are certified under the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowing programme. The winery’s extensive range includes premium styles of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.