Established in the late 1980’s, Dolbel Estate has an impressive résumé of experience in producing high quality, distinctive Hawkes Bay wines beyond the norm.
The Dolbel name is derived from the original settlers of land in the 1850’s near Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The Dolbel name lives on, through the production of some of Hawkes Bay’s finest and most unique wines.
Our wines are made from grapes grown and managed in this historic wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay. They are released in small, selected hand-crafted quantities, and are available for you to enjoy directly from Dolbel Estate or from selected fine wine outlets.
Tony Prichard -Winemaker
Tony Prichard produces all Dolbel Estate wines. Establishing and developing his winemaking skills at Church Road Wines, Tony was involved with grapes from Dolbel Estate site. He is well familiar with the Hawkes Bay region, in which the grapes for Dolbel Estate wines are grown, and has established a strong reputation for producing outstanding and distinctive Hawkes Bay wines.
Tony graduated from Massey University with a Food Technology (Honours) degree in 1982, and became a winemaker immediately afterwards. In 1990, he moved to Hawkes Bay to oversee the first vintage at Church Road Winery, where he remained as chief winemaker for over a decade. He now divides his time between winemaking and his passion for cabinet making and stained glass.
We're very fortunate to work with a winemaker of Tony's calibre, vision and technical skill - a relationship we anticipate will continue for many years to come.
Dolbel Estate derives its name from the original settlers of land situated to the west of Taradale, close to the world acclaimed art deco centre of Napier. The Dolbels arrived in the 1850s.
In the mid 1980s, the New Zealand resident descendants of the Dolbel family engaged Andy Nurse to re-energise and reactivate activities on the land. The most significant activity involved the identification and development of 37 hectares (97 acres) into vineyard. Additional activities included grapevine propagation, farmland improvement, and forestry development.
Development of the vineyard commenced in 1988, with the first grapes produced in the 1990 vintage. These were supplied on contract to the also newly establishing, Church Road winery. This contractual arrangement continued for some 15 years. Grapes were also supplied to other significant wine brands.
The quality of grapes produced, along with the selection of varieties best suited to the terroir, resulted in some consistently impressive wines being made by some well-known Hawkes Bay wine brands, to whom grapes were supplied. This gave the confidence to develop a Dolbel brand.
In 2006, Dolbel Estate Wines was established. Tony Prichard was the winemaker at Church Road with whom a close association had been developed during the grape supply period. When he left Church Road, he was engaged to work with Dolbel to craft a distinctive range of exciting and subtly different, elegant wines.