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.