Situated in the north of New Zealand's picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery. The winery was first established by Englishman Robert Bird in 1933 under the name Glenvale. Bird constructed the winery and cellars, including the concrete fermentation vats that are still used to this day. Fortified wines were the mainstay of Glenvale's production until the late 1970's when the brand Esk Valley was created for a range of premium table wines. Over-production in the New Zealand wine industry in the early 1980's led to price wars. Amongst the casualties of this era was Glenvale, which went into receivership and was subsequently bought by Sir George Fistonich, founder of Villa Maria Estate.
Over the last thirty or so years, the Esk Valley winery has seen a few changes - most obviously in the quality of the wines made. Stainless steel fermentation tanks have been introduced to complement the original concrete vats, which have proved ideal for fermenting Esk Valley's award-winning 'Winemakers Reserve' range and The Terraces wines.
Today, Esk Valley Estate is run as an independent Hawkes Bay winery with its own vineyards and wine making team.