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Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

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Esk Valley Estate

The Esk Valley Estate is New Zealand‘s fifth largest winery, situated in the north of Hawkes Bay at Bay View. The winery was established in 1933 by Englishman Robert Bird under the name Glenvale. Fortified wines were the mainstay of Glenvale‘s production until the late 1970‘s when the brand Esk Valley was created for a range of premium table wines. A casualty of price wars in the early 1980s, Glenvale went into receivership and was subsequently bought by Croatian born George Fistonich, who refounded it as Villa Maria Estate. Esk Valley Estate is now run as an independent Hawkes Bay winery with its own vineyards and wine making team.

Esk Valley Estate sources grapes from both its own vineyards and from contracted vineyards in Hawkes Bay. Wine is made in small batches using a combination of traditional techniques and modern technology; the 70 year old open topped concrete fermenters are still used for the production of hand-made red wines. Chardonnay's are barrel fermented and red wines are barrel aged for a minimum of one year with the Reserve styles spending at least 18 months in French oak barriques.

Most of Esk Valley wines are blends from selected vineyard sources but occasionally special single vineyard wines are produced which express the specific 'terroir' from which they came. Examples include Central Hawkes Bay Riesling, and 'The Terraces' from the home vineyard in Bay View, consistently rated as one of New Zealand's finest red wines.


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