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, now his own winery Trinity Hill
operates. The vineyards cover 160 hectares in 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 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, which fermented in new French barriques and matured on the lees. He is one of the most expensive wines in New Zealand (the vintage 2000 costs about 80 dollars). The premium wine line is called Black Label with grapes from the vineyard Riverview, the slightly simpler line is called White Label. The fame of the winery was founded with the Black Label Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay). Other top wines are Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough), Black Label Merlot Cabernet and Black Label Pinot Noir. It is also a sparkling wine produced by the champagne method from the classic varieties.