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Rod McDonald Wines is a family owned wine business. Everything they do reflects the love they have for ‘their place’ – Hawke’s Bay, and their enduring ambition to make world class wines. In 2006 they began searching out great vineyard sites that would eventually supply grapes to make the great wines of their future. They have an enduring purpose. To grow, harvest and craft the finest wines ever made in New Zealand. The people working in their vineyards, winemaking and business are all motivated by the same ambition of making great wine, reflecting their place and ideas. They have chosen what we believe are some of Hawke’s Bay’s greatest vineyard sites from the coast at Te Awanga to their most inland site at Maraekakho. The Hawke’s Bay region has a varied landscape providing an environment to grow a number of different varieties and wine styles. One of Hawke’s Bays greatest strengths is its geographical and climatic diversity and that’s why they love making wine here. Growing Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc at the coast where the maritime climate ensures a bright acidity and long growing season. At their inland vineyard at Bridge Pa, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grow as these are their hottest blocks and have enough heat to ripen these varieties fully. At their highest and most inland vineyard, closer to the mountains, they grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Cooler nights here provide the vines with the conditions they need to produce fragrant, complex and concentrated wines. Visit Rod McDonald Website.