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The coastal regions of Te Awanga and Haumoana foster grape varieties that don’t mind cooler weather, such as sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, and viognier. The area has a clay pan, which can make wine-growing challenging but can produce impressive flavours WINERIES TO VISIT: ELEPHANT HILL: When this fine-dining restaurant closed in April 2020, it caused a stir, with food- and wine-lovers mourning the loss of an eatery that had won multiple awards, including Best Winery Restaurant at the Cuisine Good Food Guide 2018 Awards. However, the mighty Elephant has returned, reopening for a limited dégustation menu; the cellar door also won the 2020 Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year. With views of the sea and Cape Kidnappers, it’s a gorgeous setting. 86 Clifton Road, Te Awanga. (06) 872 6073, TE AWANGA ESTATE: This relaxed vineyard has a bach-y vibe. Its owner, 2006 Winemaker of the Year Rod McDonald, was at Vidal for nine years and a sought-after consultant before launching his label. Try the Quarter Acre 2018 Viognier, and a Te Awanga syrah never goes amiss. 376 Parkhill Road, Te Awanga. (06) 875 0553,