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Hugh Crichton - Winemaker - stands casually dressed in green checked shirt with arms crossed, in front of barrels stacked three high against the wall behind him
Founder - Anthony Vidal
Founder – Anthony Vidal

In 1898 Anthony Joseph Vidal arrived in New Zealand and was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of Hawkes Bay. In 1905 he purchased a Hawkes Bay racing stable yard and set about converting it into a cellar and winery. It was from there he became one of New Zealand’s early wine innovators. His commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day.

Family owned until the 1970’s, Vidal was purchased in 1976 by George Fistonich who has consistently built upon Vidal’s reputation as a quality wine producer ever since. The Vidal winemaking philosophy focuses on minimal intervention from vineyard site to bottle. The result is a collection of award winning and highly acclaimed wines which are true to their roots and exhibit the perfect combination of balance, concentration and complexity.