Lin­den Es­tate Win­ery

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Driv­ing South to Hawke’s Bay through the pic­turesque Esk Val­ley floor, you re­al­ize you are in Hawke’s Bay wine coun­try, laden with gate­way vine­yards. The first cel­lar door to greet you is Lin­den Es­tate, a bou­tique win­ery es­tab­lished in 1971.

Lin­den Es­tate’s vine­yards are es­tab­lished on five hectares of val­ley slopes and ter­races, and the seven va­ri­eties planted in small parcels are man­aged pas­sion­ately, from vine to bot­tle. The unique mi­cro­cli­mate and de­lib­er­ate low yields ex­press fruit-driven in­ten­sity in bou­tique amounts.

Free from cor­po­rate struc­ture, the ap­proach at Lin­den is qual­ity over quan­tity. Wines are only avail­able from the win­ery cel­lar door, and se­lected wine re­tail­ers and restau­rants.

For visi­tors, Lin­den Es­tate Win­ery of­fers unique wines, beau­ti­ful views and ap­proach­able staff. The cel­lar door and restau­rant is el­e­vated above the sur­round­ing vines, pro­vid­ing a spec­tac­u­lar vista across the val­ley floor to the wooded hills in the back­ground. The Val­ley d’vine Restau­rant al­lows for a chance to re­lax with a glass of bou­tique wine or lunch, and head chef, Greg Miller, is highly re­garded amongst lo­cals.

Should you be head­ing North, Lin­den Es­tate is the Hawke’s Bay’s last wine stop — the next win­ery is 280km North, so do stop in!

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