Hawke’s Bay Crowned 12th Great Wine Capital of the World

The region celebrates recognition as a world-class wine destination.

  • Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine growing region, joins global heavyweights such as Bordeaux (France), Bilbao (Spain) and Napa Valley (USA), as the newest Great Wine Capital of the world
  • The accolade reflects the quality of the wine destination and the experience on offer to visitors, whether that be Art Deco heritage, long vineyard lunches or cellar door bike tours.
  • The honour is expected to be a significant advantage to the region’s $620 million tourism sector.


Trinity Hill winery, based in Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing Region is excited to share the news that Hawke’s Bay was today named a Great Wine Capital of the world, setting it alongside eleven other prestigious wine regions such as Bordeaux (France), Napa Valley (USA), Bilbao (Spain) and Adelaide (Australia).

Admission to the Great Wine Capitals programme, as the 12th Capital worldwide, comes after a stringent selection process that looks at a region’s winegrowing industry, its history, its wine tourism, educational opportunities, business, and travel, as well as the cities and region itself.

Trinity Hill CEO Rebecca Poynter comments, “This recognition is a testament to the exceptional quality and character of our region’s wines, as well as the dedication and passion of our winemakers and viticulturists. Being included in this esteemed network further solidifies Hawke’s Bay’s position as a global destination for wine enthusiasts, showcasing our unique terroir, rich heritage, and commitment to producing world-class wines. We look forward to welcoming wine lovers from around the world to experience the beauty, flavors, and hospitality that make Hawke’s Bay truly remarkable.”

In announcing the news, Hawke’s Bay Tourism CEO, Hamish Saxton said the significance of being named a Great Wine Capital of the world is a remarkable milestone for the region.

“Hawke’s Bay’s inclusion as one of just 12 Great Wine Capitals of the world is of regional and national significance. It is recognition that Hawke’s Bay wines are among the world’s best, and that our nation’s wine growing industry, while still young, offers quality to rival the world’s oldest.

“We have long known that Hawke’s Bay, as New Zealand’s Food and Wine Country, stood out for its winemaking. This new achievement gives Hawke’s Bay a unique positioning in New Zealand and the world. The climate, unique soils and the innovation of so many talented individuals, have come together to deliver an accolade the region wholeheartedly deserves. It is a true legacy for the region and will continue to deliver benefits to industry, education, business and tourism for the years to come.

“Becoming a Great Wine Capital will also give a significant boost to the region’s post-cyclone recovery, particularly with the wine industry already generating an estimated $300 million direct revenue to the Hawke’s Bay economy and contributing $156m to GDP. The accolade will further increase Hawke’s Bay’s global recognition and will give it access to additional expertise, resources, and support from the best of the global wine and tourism industries.”

Jo Collins, President of the Adelaide, South Australia Great Wine Capitals Steering Committee said: “To be a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network requires a Capital to possess something truly ‘great’. Above average. Excellent in a global context. We are thrilled to welcome Hawke’s Bay and the twin cities of Napier and Hastings to our esteemed network. The quality of the wines from this region, their international recognition and unwavering commitment to excellence in grape and wine production, sustainable tourism and education was evident and saw them unanimously voted in by our existing 11 network members.

“The arrival of this beautiful region of New Zealand will further enhance the quality and excellence of our network, and open new areas of co-operation. As the representative of Adelaide, South Australia to the network, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to work together with Hawke’s Bay to seize opportunities and address challenges within our respective wine sectors. I have personally witnessed the incredible outcomes that arise from the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences, and I am excited about the potential for mutual growth and success. Becoming a Great Wine Capital is also welcome recognition for the people who work in the industry.”

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