The New Zealand
Winery in Hastings in the Waiheke Island area (North Island) was founded in 1905 by the Spaniard Anthony Joseph Vidal (born 1866), who immigrated in 1888. The years before, he had worked at his uncle Joseph Soler's winery. His three sons continued the legacy. The winery, which had been family-owned until then, was founded in 1976 by the wine empire Villa Maria
acquired. A restaurant is connected. The own vineyards cover 28 hectares planted with the varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Contract winegrowers buy grapes of the Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sémillon varieties. The wines are marketed in the three lines Joseph Soler (after the founder's uncle), Vidal Reserve and Vidal Estate. The best products include the red wines Cabernet-Merlot Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, as well as the white wine Chardonnay Reserve.