The Word

from the people who trust us with their grapes…


Te Puia

To say I am impressed with the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company would be an understatement.  They were able to give me tank space at very short notice (two hours before harvest).  They then gave me great service and the personnel were very welcoming and accommodating from the top down.  No complaints.

George Gunn, Te Puia

Te Awanga Vineyards

Te Awanga Vineyards has been a winemaking client of Rod McDonald and the Hawkes Bay Wine Company for four years. Rod and team are a pleasure to deal with and better than that they consistently over-deliver on wine quality at any price point.  We have the utmost confidence in their winemaking, whether small parcel ultra premium or large scale commercial.  Rod’s wines speak elegantly of his great passion, skill, market savvy and competitiveness.

Xan Harding, General Manager Te Awanga Vineyards

Maimai Creek

The Hawke’s Bay Wine Company have been making our wines for the past seven years and have developed into an integral part of our production team.  They provide us with a professional team of experts with winemaking experience and strive to produce wines that fit our requirements.  Their facilities suit our needs and we are very pleased with the results we get.  They allow us to concentrate on growing grapes and marketing our wines.

Mal McLennan, Director,

Lime Rock Wine

Rod and the staff from the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company have been very skilled and helpful in the making of our wines. The facilities are excellent and they are able to handle small volumes, as well as large.

Rosie Butler, Lime Rock Wine

Osawa Wines

Osawa Wines has been working with Rod since the start of our vineyard in 2007.  His vast knowledge, experience and skill in winemaking has been a contributing factor to what our wines are known for – style and quality.  A true artisan or  “ Takumi ” in winemaking.   We look forward to many more years working with the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company.
Mark Lim, Osawa Wines,

Tora Bay Wine Company

The Hawkes Bay Wine Company have done an exellent job for us for the 2014 vintage.  Rod and his team are very professional to deal with and have high standards of reporting.

Martin Bonifant, Tora Bay Wines limited

Ant MacKenzie Wines

The Hawkes Bay Wine Company is my preferred contract winemaking facility within the region.  Run by experienced winemakers whose involvement in the wines allows clients to rest easily knowing that no detail will be missed.  Easy access to the site and wines, without undue formality, allows client involvement to be tailored-just the way I like it.  The facility itself is state of the art, accommodating both large and small parcels, and with equipment fit for purpose makes the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company an easy choice.

Ant MacKenzie, Ant McKenzie Wines

Turanga Creek

We have been dealing with Rod McDonald and his wonderful team for seven vintages.  Being a small organic/biodynamic producer we have found that Hawke’s Bay Wine Company have been exceptionally accommodating to our specific needs and produced wines to their full potential.  We rely heavily on Rod’s winemaking expertise and look forward to a continued, much valued, relationship.
Wayne Allen, Turanga Creek,