The oldest winery in New Zealand, Mission Estate was established in 1851 by French Marist missionaries who sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith and a few wines – and we have been leading the way ever since. Mission Estate was amongst the first producers of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in New Zealand. Mission estate led the way in hiring New Zealand’s first qualified Winemaker and was the first to Barrel ferment Chardonnay in 1983. It is this pioneering spirit that has established Mission Estate as a New Zealand icon. La Grande Maison, the Mission House, is a major tourist destination and the wines are favoutites of wine enthusiasts the world over.
Mission Estate leads New Zealand in sustainable, precision and traditional viticulture with a dedicated team pursuing excellence in premium wine production. With 160 years of viticulture research, development and experimentation Mission Estate has practiced knowledge of what it takes to produce distinctive, quality wines from terroir of each vineyard sites. Precision viticulture allows Mission Estate to optimise vineyard performance while Canopy Vigour Sensors measure fruit quality across the vineyard ensuring that grapes are in peak condition at harvest. Moreover, Mission Estate operates an environmental management programme that has been a part of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard accreditation since 1998 and has, more recently, achieved Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand accreditation. Our renowed dedication to sustainable practise enables Mission Estate to produce pure wines that reflect the regional characteristics of New Zealand.
Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon
This red wine is made from the classic French Bordeaux grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon and is grown in our warmer vineyard locations in New Zealand. The grapes get nice and ripe and so produce more full flavoured wine with good weight and body. Drink with richer flavoured foods, grilled and meat dishes.
Description – Rich and juicy wine with spice and dark berry flavours with a medium-full palate weight.
Mission Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir
Grown on our cooler vineyard sites in New Zealand, this is a lighter bodied red wine with a more aromatic character and refreshing quality. Great with duck, mushrooms and even full flavoured like crab or spicy dishes. Serve at a slightly cool temperature.
Description – Fresh and fragrant, medium bodied, elegant wine tasting of red berries and a smooth-as-silk texture.
Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Chardonnay grows well in our warmer vineyards areas where the grape can ripen well to produce mouth-filling and richly flavoured with wine with a hint of oak flavour. Chardonnay is a very popular, succulent and drinkable white wine. Matches dishes with cream sauces, pork, chicken or lobster. Serve cool.
Description – Rounded and creamy with medium weight and full of ripe apple and peach characters.
Mission Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
A classic New Zealand wine style, this is typically grown in cooler vineyards which retains the freshness and zestiness of this thirst-quenching variety. Light to medium bodied, with no oak flavours, this flavoursome wine is as pure and as clean as you will find. A heavenly match with oysters, shellfish and salads.
Description – Aromatic and refreshing, pure and mouth-watering citrus flavours in this crisp and cool white wine.