Mission Estate Winery

Mission Estate Winery was established by these Missionaries in Hawke’s Bay in 1851, where vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine and New Zealand’s first winery was born. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold.

Mission has never lost sight of its French heritage, as over the years Brothers of the Order have travelled to France to study and learn viticulture and winemaking skills. Our current winemaker Paul Mooney has been at Mission for over 30 years, and was originally trained by the Fathers.

If visiting La Grande Maison of Mission Estate, as you progress down the driveway, there is still one row of Muscat grapes that have been grafted over the years from the very original stock bought to Hawke’s Bay by the Marist Fathers.

Winemaker

Winemaker - Paul Mooney

Paul Mooney has been the winemaker at Mission Estate for over 30 years, making him one of the most experienced winemakers in New Zealand. Paul's winemaking philosophies are heavily influenced by his mentor, Brother John, who trained in Bordeaux during the 1960's.

Tasting Room

A visit to the cellar door provides an opportunity to try the extensive range of wines and for those interested in history, the twice daily historic walk is a must.

Our History

In 1838 a group of French Missionaries (with the blessing of the Pope) arrived and established a Marist Mission in the north of New Zealand.

1851

In 1851 a mission station was established near the Ngaruroro River between Napier and Hastings at Pakowhai. In 1858, the missionaries moved to land they had purchased at Meeanee and a major community was established. A cottage for living quarters was transported from Pakowhai and later a Church, school and study halls were built. Vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds were sold.

1880

A new two-storied house costing 2020 pounds and 10 shillings was built in 1880. It was known as La Grande Maison or the "big house" and became the home for the early French Marists for three decades. In 1897 following a disastrous flood, it was realised that the land was subject to periodic flooding and higher land needed to be sought.

1897

In 1897 the 800-acre Mission Estate was purchased from the Tiffen family. The Marist brothers travelled each day from Meeanee to work the new land where a small orchard and some vines were planted. The first grapes were tended on the gently sloping land of the southern spur and the terraced area that is now used as the venue for the annual Mission Concert.

1909

Father Smythe decided to move the Mission community and the big house to the present site in 1909. Then in 1910, the Mission building was cut into eleven sections and rolled on logs and pulled by traction engines. The journey took two days.

The old Meeanee site became the community Parish and the Church Road site became the centre of winemaking activities and the Seminary for training Marist Priests.

The English Plane Trees were planted in the driveway in 1911. In 1914, a new Gothic Chapel had been erected and the name Mount St Mary's replaced Maryvale.

1930

In 1930 a contract was let for the construction of a three-story concrete accommodation block. On 2nd February 1931, the students moved into the new building. The next morning 3rd February 1931 at 10h47am, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Hawke's Bay causing serious damage to the entire Mission. Two priests and seven students who were meditating in the stone chapel were killed when it hit. The new accommodation block was fractured and partly collapsed. The students moved elsewhere temporarily, but in February 1932, they returned and set to work to restore the grounds.

A wooden Chapel was built and still exists today, and by 1935 there were 80 students in residence. Since 1991, all seminary students have moved and are now in residence in Auckland.

Today

Mission Estate is Hawke's Bay's oldest winery, with a well-respected reputation in the New Zealand market as a producer of consistent quality, value for money wines.

Wine Awards

  • Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2005 (Liquorland Top 100 2006, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Mission Estate Noble Semillon 2005 (Liquorland Top 100 2006, Gold Medal Wines)
  • Mission Estate Reserve Viognier 2007 (Trophy Winner) (Liquorland Top 100 2007, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Reserve Merlot 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Jewelstone Chardonnay 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Mission Riesling 2001 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2002, Blue Gold Award Winners)
  • Mission Estate Winery Reserve Syrah 2004 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2006, Award Winning Wines)
  • Mission Winery Reserve Syrah 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • MISSION ESTATE RESERVE VIOGNIER 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
  • Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • Mission Estate Jewelstone Syrah 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • MISSION ESTATE SYRAH 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • Mission Estate Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Mission Estate Jewelstone Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2007 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Mission Estate Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Mission Reserve Syrah 2007 TROPHY (International Wine Challenge 2009)
  • Mission Jewelstone Syrah 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2009)
  • Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay, 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Mission Estate Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Mission Estate Syrah 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)

Mission Restaurant

The elegantly restored historic seminary building provides a stunning location for the unique, award-winning Mission Restaurant.

Exquisite cuisine is served from 10am daily, with the lunch menu and dinner menu changing regularly to reflect the seasonal influence.

Nestled in the Taradale hills, diners at the Mission Estate Restaurant enjoy sweeping views of Napier city and the coast beyond. Beautiful by day and spectacular by night, the vista is unparalleled in Hawke's Bay. The outdoor dining terrace is drenched in summer sun while the indoor restaurant spaces have been cleverly designed to provide intimate dining.

With only the freshest local produce used, the style of cuisine is contemporary fine dining with a European influence. Excellent service, quality seasonal produce and award-winning wines combine to create a memorable experience. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the beautifully manicured lawns and garden and soak up the ambiance of the estate.

RESERVATIONS

For reservations please email the restaurant restaurant@missionestate.co.nz or phone +64 (0)6 845 9354

The Mission Restaurant is open 7 days from 10am for lunch and dinner.

Lunch is served 11.30am to 2.30pm and Dinner is served from 6.00pm onwards.

The Mission Restaurant closes Good Friday & Christmas Day.

THE FARMHOUSE ACCOMMODATION AT MISSION ESTATE

Elegant three bedroom house nestled amongst the vines.

The Farmhouse is a stunning three-bedroom house situated within the vineyards of Mission Estate Winery. Each of the three double bedrooms is superbly appointed with an ensuite, TV, heatpump and WiFi. Impeccably refurbished in contemporary French country style, the open plan living space features a modern kitchen, dining area and spacious living room. A gas fireplace provides a cosy atmosphere on crisp Hawke's Bay winter evenings. Generous al fresco dining areas lead out into the newly landscaped gardens and to the spa pool that is for your exclusive use. The Farmhouse has also been designed with care to ensure it is fully wheelchair accessibe, offering ramp access, wide doorways and a separate wheelchair-friendly bathroom.

The Farmhouse, set amongst the ever-changing vines, is only a 10 minute drive to Napier and the airport and a five minute stroll to the fine dining Mission Restaurant for lunch or dinner.

The ideal accommodation option for weekend escapes, business visits and weddings.

Complimentary bottle of Mission Fête sparkling wine on arrival.

Optional continental breakfast can be pre purchased for $10 per person when making your booking. The breakfast option includes cereal, milk, yoghurt, peaches, fresh bread and a selection of spreads. Enjoy a delicious start to the day in the comfort of the cottage then stroll to the Mission Restaurant for lunch and dinner or explore the many food options Hawke's Bay has to offer.

198 Church Road
Napier
Hawkes Bay

P: +64 6 845 9350
F: +64 6 844 6023

CONTACT: Peter Holley