Kidnappers Vineyard


39° 37' 38.9"S
176° 57' 24.5"E

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The shallow, warm clay soil allows the development of pure, cool Chardonnay flavours

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Kidnappers Vineyard, Hawke's Bay

Our Kidnappers Vineyard is strategically located beneath Cape Kidnappers on the Hawkes Bay coastline at Te Awanga where the spring and autumns are warm and sunny and the summer is tempered by the cooling sea breeze. The shallow, warm clay loam soils and careful selection of clones in this environment allows the development of very pure, cool Chardonnay flavours in the grapes. These are best expressed in the Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay we produce which is inspired by the great wines of Chablis.

Its namesake, Cape Kidnappers, comes from an incident that occurred during Captain Cook's first voyage to New Zealand in 1769. When Cook attempted to trade with the native Maori in an armed canoe, a Tahitian servant of Cook's interpreter was seized.  The servant later escaped by jumping into the sea after the canoe was fired upon.