For Denis Marshall and Ulrike Kurenbach the allure of growing grapes and creating exquisite wines in Central Otago was all encompassing. In 1995 Denis bought a farmland block in the spectacular Gibbston valley with the vision for growing vines with minimal interference to the natural environment. With this careful land use and soil management he hoped to create a sustainable, artisan winery that delivered vintages of the greatest character.

In 2001 they planted the first pinot noir vines. It didn’t take long for their Pinot Noir to be discovered. With early success at a local and global level the pair began to source different grape varieties from within the region, ensuring only the very best were made into Hawkshead wines. With these additional varieties added to their Single Vineyard Pinot Noir the label has grown and flourished over the years.

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Reviews our current releases

Why are we fond of working alongside Candice Chow? We find Candice's reviews uplifting - her extensive knowledge and hospitality background make her tasting notes welcoming to all. "Reading Candice's reviews always make me peckish" - Renée. We hope you find them as appealing as our wine - salut

Why the Hawkshead Pinot Blanc should be top of your wine tasting list this summer

There is nothing quite as refreshing as a cool glass of light, fruit-driven wine on a warm summer day. This summer, the top of your list should be the Hawkshead Pinot Blanc. The aromas of ripe stone fruits, hints of citrus and a touch of sweet spice makes for the perfect social drink at any time of the day. 

Self Pollination (Viticulture 101)

Grape vines can self-pollinate, they have both male and female reproductive characteristics and don’t need bees for pollination.  A notable exception to the rule. But what many people don’t know is that flowering grape vines have the most delicious faint fragrance.  Unworldly at dawn on a still morning.
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