Elephant Hill

Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001.

Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of wine making with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy.

With the majestic elephant as our namesake and nestled against a backdrop of rolling hillsides, Elephant Hill spans over 25 hectares of vineyards producing classical, aromatics whites and world-class reds.

The lure of New Zealand was strong, in 2006 Günter Thies moved from Germany to take up the position of Managing Director. A refreshing change from an impressive history of working in established wineries in Oregon, USA and in the Rhein region of Germany.

After graduating with an economics degree followed by a promising career in Finance, Winemaker Steve Skinner knew wine was his true calling. Moving to Hawke’s Bay, Steve studied wine science and worked harvests in Hawke’s Bay, France, California and Canada before securing his dream job at Elephant Hill.

Wine Awards

  • Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Rose 2010 TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL VIOGNIER 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL HAWKES BAY PINOT GRIS 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL HAWKE’S BAY VIOGNIER 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL ROSE CENTRAL OTAGO 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL HAWKES BAY SYRAH 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL HAWKES BAY RESERVE SYRAH 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • ELEPHANT HILL - RESERVE LE PHANT - 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Rose 2008 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Rania 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Elephant Hill Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2011 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Elephant Hill Syrah 2012, Pure Elite Gold and TROPHY (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2011 GOLD (International Wine and Spirit 2012, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Elephant Hill Estate Reserve Syrah, 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Elephant Hill Pinot Noir, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2011, Gold Medal Winners)

Elephant Hill Restaurant

Stylish, warm and inviting Elephant Hill is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious food and stunning wines while taking in the breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean and vines.

Our dishes are made with only the freshest of seasonal produce sourced from growers and suppliers who share our passion for excellence in food.

We are open 7 days a week from midday for lunch and open for dinner Thursday - Saturday.

86 Clifton Road
Te Awanga
Hawkes Bay

P: +64 6 873 0400
F: +64 6 875 1444

CONTACT: Gunter Thies