Welcome to Church Road
At Church Road, we believe excellence stems from mastering
the details and knowing when to trust your instinct.
We create highly acclaimed, award winning wines by using outstanding
fruit from vineyards across Hawke’s Bay, and a combination of
traditional and modern winemaking techniques.
A pioneer of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry.
One of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, our journey started with a young Tom McDonald whose passion for wine saw him forge both a remarkable legacy and enviable future for Hawke’s Bay winemaking and Church Road Winery. Today, our current Chief Winemaker Chris Scott continues this dedication to creating exceptional wines, combining traditional winemaking practices coupled with innovative techniques.
Our wines are meticulously crafted to achieve exceptional quality.
We are dedicated to perfecting the details behind the art and science of winemaking, investing time, learning and experimenting as we forever hone our skills. With vineyards in some of the best sites across Hawke’s Bay, we grow a range of varieties to the highest viticultural standards and select only the best fruit.
We know when to trust our instinct.
Each wine varietal has its own character, it’s own rhythm. It’s an art form to get right, takes years to master and still there’s an element of listening to your inner voice and being guided by instinct. Knowing exactly how much new oak to add given the vintage variation from one year to the next, requires passion and intuition.
Church Road wines are crafted using the best quality fruit from vineyards across Hawke’s Bay. Together with traditional winemaking techniques and modern thinking, we are dedicated to creating exceptional, award-winning wines.
Learn about our beliefs that make up the philosophy behind our winemaking:
FULL BODIED YET FINELY TEXTURED WINE WITH GREAT LENGTH AND COMPLEXITY
Church Road Grand Reserve wines are produced only in exceptional vintages. The very best low-cropping vineyard blocks are targeted for selective hand-harvesting to yield wines with the greatest possible flavour, depth and concentration.
ONE VINEYARD, ONE CRAFTSMAN, ONE WINE
Sumptuous, complex wines that showcase the elegance of wine crafted by a single winemaker from grapes of a single vineyard. These wines are testament to our winemaking credentials and showcase great depth, flavour and intensity.