AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 11
Name of wine estate: Craggy Range
Country: New Zealand
Wine region: Hawke’s Bay
Standout points: Luxury accommodation and award-winning restaurant
Winemaker: Julian Grounds
Wine style: Multi-region (Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough) single-vineyard wines, everything from aromatic whites to Bordeaux blends, and terroir Syrahs and Chardonnays.
The standard setter
Over the past 20 years, Craggy Range has established itself as one of the finest multi-region wine producers in the world, and its immaculate cellar door, Giants Winery and restaurant complex beneath the imposing Te Mata peak, in Havelock North, perfectly reflects its uncompromising commitment to quality. Prepare to be impressed.
Spoilt for choice
As visitor experiences go, Craggy Range’s is hard to beat. With a cellar door inspired by some of Napa’s top wineries, a superb restaurant with 360-degree views of the local landscape and an exceptional accommodation offering to boot, owners Terry and Mary Peabody have left nothing to chance to ensure that your stay is an indulgently satisfying one.
Enjoy a relaxed and intimate seated tasting, sample some of the best local, seasonal produce prepared by chef Casey McDonald at the very smart on-site restaurant – winner of two hats in the 2018 Cuisine Good Food Guide – and turn in to Craggy Range’s on-site boutique accommodation among the vineyards. Choose from the expansive four-bedroom Craggy Range Lodge, two-bedroom River Lodges or self-contained Vineyard and Garden Cottages.
The taste test
Choose from a sampling of the latest releases to the estate’s ultimate prestige tasting and personal site tour – the wine tastings at Craggy Range go beyond what you would expect from the typical winery tasting experience. The dedicated team has created an environment in which guests really engage not just with the wines but with their surroundings, getting a sense of how the land has shaped the wines they produce. Terry Peabody and his family have taken a single-vineyard approach to winemaking, planting on green fields and bare land, ensuring a focus on quality from the very beginning. From the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay to the volcanic, clay soils of Te Muna Road in Martinborough, these exceptional sites produce wines of wonderful purity and complexity.