Esk Valley has always crafted award winning boutique wines using traditional hands-on techniques. This simple and artisanal approach was born of the original winery site with its old concrete vats, unique layout and absence of modern technology. In 2018 the limitations of this 85-year-old winery were reached and Esk Valley relocated its winemaking operation to an all new site situated in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District of Hawkes Bay.
Of utmost importance was that the artisanal winemaking approach would remain unchanged and steps, including the installation of concrete fermenters were taken to ensure that the hallmark style of the wines remained the same. Gordon even captured indigenous yeast from the original winery site, driving it inland to the new site and adding it to waiting ferments thus intertwining the DNA of old and new.
Esk Valley has always crafted award winning boutique wines using traditional hands-on techniques.
It is an exciting time for the Esk Valley team as traditional techniques and the latest technology come together to open a new chapter in their history of crafting exceptional boutique wines.