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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Vino Vita! (In Wine, Life!)


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Mulled Wine

We ‘mull’ over this much loved hot concoction enjoyed very much in Winter. It has many unique names and styles; Glögg in Sweden, Glühwein in Germany, and Grzaniec Galicyjski in Poland or Coditum Paradoxum in Italy.

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We always submit our wines to Sam Kim for his professional assessment and critique. Sam has been involved within the...


We celebrate with the best match made in culinary heaven; HAWKSHEAD Pinot Noir & Chocolate Mousse. Here is a simp...
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