Hawkes Bay
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's second largest wine region by volume, and along with Marlborough forms the base of the industry. It is located along the central portion of the east coast of the North Island and is the premier source for the nation's red wines, excluding Pinot Noir.

Vineyards were first planted here in the 1850s and today there are well over 10,000 acres under vine. While having made a name for cool-climate, Bordeaux-style reds, particularly from the sub-district of Gimblett Gravels, Syrah has been making an impact of late.

The vineyards are dotted around the alluvial plains of four rivers and up into the rolling hillsides. As New Zealand producers have gained a significant reputation on export markets with Sauvignon Blanc, there has been greater investment in this historic region and the reds in particular are being brought along for the ride. (Wine/Appellations)