NZ Lifestyle Magazine Group
To compare the winemaking region of Hawke's Bay to those of France is perhaps insulting to the winemakers on both sides of the equator who have worked hard to create wines with distinctive characteristics. However, when comparing grapes with grapes, there are similarities, and average temperatures in the Bay are somewhere between those in Burgundy and Bordeaux. The rain shadow of the Ruahine and Kaweka mountain ranges and high sunshine hours mean much of Hastings' terroir is suitable for growing cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, syrah and blends of merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. Microclimates and variations in soil type create subregions. The easiest way to explore wineries in Hastings is by dividing it up into manageable sips and mini-regions.