Ash Ridge Wines
Chris and Sonya Wilcock and their young family returned to New Zealand with a dream of producing world class but affordable wines from the Hawkes Bay. Whilst the return is recent, Ash Ridge wines is by no means a new venture, with work going on behind the scenes for many years to perfect the vineyards and wines that we are today extremely proud about.
In January 2014, in our biggest step to date, we opened our brand new Winery on our home site. The 100 tonne winery was designed to offer all modern winemaking facilities in a Boutique size, allowing us to be truly hands on, in our winemaking. Our small winemaking team can nurture the process from vineyard to bottle.
Whilst we remain at the beginning of our wine journey, with many vintages of premium wine to come, we are keen to acknowledge all of the hard work that has been made to make Ash Ridge what it is today.
Our brand new cellar door is situated in stunning scenery right in the heart of Hawkes Bay Wine Country. Set in 3 acres of Olives and surrounded by vines, the tasting room allows you to try our wines in their home environment. Our modern building offers a truly boutique tasting experience. We have incorporated the materials of winemaking, steel and oak, to create the ideal environment to get to know our wines, our story and our philosophy.
Stay a while in the spacious grounds, we also operate a cafe offering a range of platters, Panini’s, cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks, and we are also fully licensed.
Our new indoor/outdoor seating area can comfortably seat 40 people, we are able to host group lunches and small evening functions, call us to enquire further.
The views alone will entice you, from the rolling Roys Hill’s to the towering Ruahines Ranges. You will definitely want to stay and soak in the atmosphere.
Summer (Oct – April) 7 Days – 10am to 5pm
Winter (May – Sept) 7 Days – 11am to 4pm.
Find us at 2543 State Highway 50, Hastings RD5. An easy 10 minute drive from Hastings, 15 minutes from Havelock North, or 20 minutes from Napier.
Buying bare land on the Heretaunga plains in 2000, the Wilcock family bought into a dream that these unique soils could make some of the worlds best varietal wines. After many years planning, developing, planting and nurturing, we are proud today to have the maturing Cardoness Vineyard, producing premium Hawkes Bay Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In late 2008 Ash Ridge Wines was established to produce a range of premium wines using fruit from our own vineyard.
In order to create a range of Bridge Pa Triangle wines we partnered with the Peet Vineyard. The vineyard is based on an ash pumice ridge of soil, and is planted in sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon. In more recent years we have also partnered with our neighbour Shawn Hill, of Raptor Rise Vineyard, to source Malbec and Viognier grapes. With the vineyard being over the fence and on the same soil as Cardoness, we are truly staying local.
- Ash Ridge Syrah 2009 - Chris Wilcock (Bragato Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
- Ash Ridge Syrah 2010 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)