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With its terraced vineyards set against the Pacific Ocean, Esk Valley is a colourful gateway to the Hawke's Bay region. Grapevines were first planted in the Esk Valley area in 1933 after an earthquake altered the course of the Esk River in 1931. Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate was intrigued with this small winery’s unique location and its potential. He purchased it in 1987 and focused on establishing the Esk Valley brand’s unique hand crafted reputation. Esk Valley operates as a boutique winery with its own facilities and winemaking team and the winemakers at Esk Valley craft their award-winning wines in a simple, honest, hands-on way. Over the last thirty years or so, the Esk Valley winery has seen a few changes – most obviously in the quality of the wines made. Stainless steel fermentation tanks have been introduced to complement the original concrete vats, which have proved ideal for use as the foundation for crafted winemaking. Visit the Esk Valley Website
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