AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Craggy Range
Country: New Zealand
Wine region: Hawke’s Bay
Standout points: Stunning location in the shadow of Te Mata Peak; luxury boutique accommodation; award-winning restaurant
Winemaker: Julian Grounds
Wine style: Multi-region, site-specific wines, everything from aromatic whites to Bordeaux blends, and terroir Syrahs and Chardonnays
Over the past 20 years, Terry and Mary Peabody have expended every possible effort to make Craggy Range an exceptional visitor experience. Whether it’s the cellar door, inspired by some of the Napa Valley’s leading wineries, the award-winning restaurant with 360-degree views of the local landscape, or Craggy Range’s exceptional boutique accommodation, expect nothing but the best in this beautiful little corner of Hawke’s Bay.
Situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak, Craggy Range was established in 1998. When it came to establishing their vineyards, from the off Terry and Mary pursued an innovative multi-regional approach, focusing on the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay (ideally suited to high-quality reds including Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) and Te Muna Road in Martinborough (better for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc) to produce a range of wines that speak eloquently of their place.
In good hands
On a typical cellar visit, former New Zealand sommelier of the year, Michael Bancks, greets guests at the door and begins the tour in the main cellar building, ‘Sophia’, where you learn the history of Craggy Range. Then it’s on to the subterranean barrel hall, ‘The Quarry’, where you will taste from the estate’s unreleased prestige collection wines still in barrel. From there the tour moves on to the restaurant garden in the shadow of Te Mata peak (at the award-winning Craggy Range Restaurant, head chef Casey McDonald has devised a menu inspired by the elements and produce abundant in Hawke’s Bay). Finally, it’s on to the sun terrace to enjoy a guided tasting of Craggy Range’s diverse multi-region range, with a variety of flight options available to suit each guest’s tastes.
The peak of luxury
The lodges and cottages at Craggy Range offer unrivalled boutique accommodation among the vines, set against the most stunning of backdrops. Choose from the expansive four-bedroom Craggy Range Lodge, two-bedroom River Lodges or self-contained Vineyard and Garden Cottages – all with matchless views. As one recent Craggy Range vineyard cottage guest said: “Waking up amongst the vines, overlooking the Tukituki River, hearing the birdsong, has to be one of the most breath-taking experiences in my life.”