Beach House Wines
Beach House Wines is a family owned boutique winery with vineyards in the Te Awanga and Gimblett Gravels regions of the Hawke’s Bay New Zealand. Beach House Cellar Door is located on the Te Awanga site while the production facility is located on the Gimblett Gravels site. Beach House has a loyal following that recognize exceptional quality wines at very reasonable prices. We are famous for our barrel fermented Chardonnays but our range has grown to include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet & Malbec blend, Montepulciano and a Noble Sauvignon Blanc.
Our famous ‘hay bale’ cellar door was built by Ralph Harrison (Chris Harrison’s father) in 2000 and has become a very popular destination for anyone wanting a relaxed but informative introduction to some of Hawke’s Bays finest wines. We are open from 11am – 5pm every summer weekend from Labour weekend (the last weekend of October) through to Easter, and all through the Christmas New Year period.
Our Assistant Winemaker Bryce typically works Saturdays up until harvest and our Cellar Door girl Katie works Sundays. We will have at least eight wines open for tasting and encourage you all to taste the whole line up as we have an amazing range. If you have a large group of people (8+) we would love for you to give us a call beforehand so we can insure you get our utmost attention.
Bring a picnic and relax in our picturesque surroundings. We look forward to sharing our passion with you. See you soon!
The Levels Vineyard at Te Awanga is planted in Chardonnay, Riesling and a small parcel of Sauvignon Blanc. There is very little top soil and is largely made up of stony beach gravels. The stones are free draining but with irrigation we can provide the optimum level of water the grape vines require resulting in concentrated perfectly ripe fruit almost every season. The Pacific Ocean is only a stone’s throw from the vineyard providing a cool sea breeze all day long. This not only helps retain the fresh acidity required to make fine white wines but also lowers the incidence of disease by providing a breeze that flows in and around the bunches. The Levels Vineyard is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ accredited.
The Track Vineyard is in the world renowned Gimblett Gravels region of Hawke’s Bay. www.gimblettgravels.com All of our red varieties are grown here and include; Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Montepulciano. Our Single Vineyard Chardonnay is also from this site. The Gimblett Gravels area has proven itself to be one of New Zealand’s prized grape growing districts. Our site has a little more top soil than most of the gravels which we believe give our wines a distinct volume and richness. 2013 and 2014 were stellar vintages for Hawke’s Bay and our Track Vineyard has really come into its own providing us with some outstanding wines. The Track Vineyard is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ accredited.
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We have been contracting fruit from this vineyard for years as it consistently provides us with quality Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is on an old river bed and acts as a ‘heat trap’ ripening all varieties easily every year.
- Beach House Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2007 (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- Beach House Hawkes Bay Syrah 2007 (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- Beach House Riesling 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2007, Gold Medal Winners)
- Beach House Merlot 2005 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- Beach House Chardonnay 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
- Beach House Montepulciano 2007 (Bragato Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)