Located in Takapau, Hawkes Bay Junction Wine is a purveyor of fine New Zealand Wines
The Junction Vineyard is proudly owned by former All Black front row forward John Ashworth and family. It is located at the junction of State Highway 2 and 50 on the windswept stony gravels of the Takapau Plains in Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
This small, boutique vineyard enjoys the long cool Central Hawkes Bay growing seasons, allowing son and winemaker Leith to produce award-winning, intense, aromatic wines. These wines have a unique and distinctive character we feel confident you will enjoy.
Visitors are welcomed at the Cellar Door with plenty of kiwi hospitality and good wine. If you are coming through in a campervan or motorhome you are most welcome to pull in and stay overnight.
JOHN ASHWORTH. John played 24 tests in the front row for the All Blacks. John played from 1977 through till his final tour with the famous 1986 New Zealand Cavaliers, retiring one year before the 1987 Rugby World Cup. John's passion for wine was born during an All Black tour to France where he was given a Pinot Noir which he describes as having gone to his toes. In 1985 John and his wife Jo sold their farm in Canterbury to move north to Hawke's Bay. While looking for a new farm, John had had his eye out for a suitable spot to grow grapes. Now he's showing they picked a winner when buying their Central Hawke's Bay property in 1986.
PLANNING A REUNION OR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION? OR PERHAPS A CORPORATE GET-TOGETHER FOR TEAM BUILDING.
What ever the occasion we would be delighted to come to you and stage a wine tasting. In addition, if you wish, John will spend a little time entertaining with insightful and amusing anecdotes about his time as an All Black front row forward.
OR DROP IN FOR A TASTING
We do tastings at our vineyard cellar door. There's is a comfortable sit down area for larger groups. We are open most days and while it is not essential to book, we suggest you phone ahead of arriving to avoid any disappointment.