Welcome! Hihi Wines is a small boutique winery based in Ormond, Gisborne. The label was launched in 2005 with 200 cases sold in the first year. Growth has been rapid with over 2,000 cases sold in 2012. Sixty award winning wines have been produced in 8 years.
Hihi means “Rays of the Sun” with all grapes sourced from sunny Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sunrise. Hihi is also a small native NZ bird. It is rare. There are an estimated 500-1000 adult birds in NZ mainly in Little Barrier Island, Waitakere and Karori parks.
Wines are produced both from grapes grown at the Hihi vineyard at Bond Road and from contract growers. Main white wines include Albarino (Silver), Viognier (Gold), Gewurztraminer, Chardonnays, Pinot Gris (Gold), CV (Chardonnay/Viognier) and Semillon blend(s).
Main red wines include Malbec/Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera, Nebbiolo.
Hihi wines also produces fortified wines – Captain Nimmo (vintage port style), Ruby (light fortified red wine) and Elsie (white port) as well as two sparkling wines – Gizzy Fizzy made from 100% Chardonnay and Sweet As Bubbles.
Andrew Nimmo is the winemaker with over 7 years’ experience of making award winning wines, with a focus on reds (e.g. Malbec 07 - Gold) and something different (e.g. Sweet As, Albarino, Lock Stock & Many Barrels, Gizzy Fizzy).
View by appointment all year. Please ring or email Andy Nimmo to arrange times for visit.
The vineyard at 53, Bond Road was purchased in 2004 as an established contract growing vineyard for Nobilo Wine Group. Initially it was planted 70% in Chardonnay and 30% in Gewurztraminer, in the last few years the vineyard has been significantly redeveloped.
Currently the following white grapes varieties are planted, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Albarino, and Verdelho.
In terms of red grapes Hihi Wines has one of the largest selections of red grapes in New Zealand with over 13 red grapes now planted, Tempranillo, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Grenache, Mourvedre, Pinotage, Carmanere, and Touriga Nacional.
Some of these varietal trials are already bearing fruit....with the majority of these varieties expected to be in production from 2013 onwards. Watch this space for new varieties and blends over the coming years.
- Hihi Wines Hihi Malbec 2007 (Bragato Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)