The New Zealand
Winery in Katikati in the Hawke's Bay area (North Island) was founded in 1979 by John and Alison Coney. For many years the well-known winemaker John Hancock worked here, who now has his own winery Trinity Hill
operates. The vineyards cover 160 hectares in the areas Hawke's Bay
, They are planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The flagship is the Coniglio Hawke's Bay Chardonnay, which ferments in new French barriques and matures on the lees. It is one of New Zealand's most expensive wines (the 2000 vintage costs around $ 80). The premium wine line is called Black Label with grapes from the Riverview vineyard, the somewhat simpler line is called White Label. The estate's fame was established with the Black Label Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay). Other top wines are Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough), Black Label Merlot-Cabernet and Black Label Pinot Noir. A sparkling wine is also produced from the classic varieties using the champagne method.