Hettinga Estate Winery
Hettinga Estate is a boutique winery, founded in 2000 on the former Bute orchard in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
The Estate covers approximately nine hectares, of which eight hectares are planted with vines, producing an average 80,000 litres of wine per year.
Our choice of location was mainly due to the excellent Heretaunga soil; the legacy of an ancient riverbed. This soil is mainly sandy – loam, number six, well drained with a ground water table of 1300 – 2300 mm below surface. Soil type and local conditions provide an excellent combination for the production of premium wines with rich flavour. Annual climate differences, the flowering period, soil management, water supply, leaf plucking, thinning, chicory between the rows and time of harvest allow for subtle variations per vintage.
The founder of the Hettinga Estate a Rimmer Hettinga is a native of Friesland in the north of The Netherlands.
He comes from a long line of landowners, the Hettinga Family of Boalsert. After studying agriculture at Emmeloord in The Netherlands he joined Rh?ne Poulenc and became involved in grape growing and wine making in the Alzac and Pfalz (Winestrasse) regions. Some years later he left the wine industry but the desire to have his own vineyard and winery never left him. The opportunity to realize a dream finally arose when he immigrated to New Zealand in 1999. After much consideration he established his vineyard in Hawke's Bay, because of its reputation as the best place for red and white wine production in New Zealand.