Welcome to Mission Estate's e-Cellar Door

Reaching New Zealand shores in 1838, pioneering French missionaries founded a legacy.  From their many accomplishments now interwoven throughout history came New Zealand's first winery, Mission in 1851.  

Our Story

Mission Estate is a multi-award-winning winery and an iconic New Zealand landmark located in the heart of Hawke’s Bay.  Established in 1851 by French missionaries, it is New Zealand’s oldest winery and home to a heritage like no other.

Paul Mooney, our passionate winemaker since 1979, crafts a wide range of classic red and white varietals characterised by purity of flavour, finesse and delicacy.  Trained by the Marist Brothers themselves, Paul imparts the very essence of Mission’s French heritage winemaking philosophy into both our Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough wines.

We consider ourselves guardians of our heritage and our land, and for more than 20 years we have been proud to be a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.  In 1998, we were also one of the first wineries in New Zealand to be accredited with the internationally recognised environmental management system ISO 14001.  Both certifications represent Mission’s ongoing commitment and dedication to minimising our impact on the environment.


Our Huchet wines are a homage to Brother Cyprian Huchet, Mission’s French-trained winemaker from 1871 to 1884, and our proud heritage.  Crafted with devotion and only in the best years, Huchet wines are the pinnacle of Mission’s winemaking.


Mission Estate Huchet Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Estate Huchet Syrah
Mission Estate Huchet Chardonnay


Mission ‘Huchet’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Mission Huchet Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 was matured for two years in French oak barrels.  Fragrant and full-bodied, it has very rich blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of herbs, fine-grained tannins and a long life ahead.  Best drinking 2025+

Michael Cooper 

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