Whilst recognising the paramount importance of the contribution that the vineyard makes to the production of fine wine, the best possible winemaking team is the logical collateral. A talented and experienced team, supplemented by overseas "guests" on a regular basis, has become Trinity Hill’s tradition.
The emphasis is on "team" and the winemaking and grape-growing team members are merged as the "winegrowing" team. They work together closely, determining the appropriate actions to make wines of which we can all be proud. A complete understanding of the interaction between the vineyard and the winery is essential for us to achieve our full potential. We have superb vineyard sites and the appropriate staff to deliver some of the world’s great wines.
The vineyards are our roots. It is said great wine is made in the vineyard and our aim at Trinity Hill is to produce distinctive wines of elegance and power that reflect the character of each vineyard site. With vineyards in specific areas and the growing of grape varieties well suited to those sites, Trinity Hill has a well-spread choice of wines.
A philosophy of “Quality rather than Quantity” is important. Controlled yields ensure the intensity of flavour and elegant styles for which Trinity Hill is renowned.
From the first plantings, the team have been experimenting with new grape varieties and clones. Red varieties that are being trialed include Tempranillo from Spain, with great success, Touriga Nacional from Portugal and Montepulciano from Italy. New white varieties include Viognier and Arneis from northern Italy. We are continually looking to improve what we are doing to get the best from our vineyards.
Our Vineyard Sites
HAWKES BAY is a temperate, maritime region on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, situated at latitude 40° south. It is a unique region with a large number of different soil types and micro-climates, yielding many and varied wine styles.
The majority of Trinity Hill’s grape harvest comes from the unique gravel soils and micro-climate of the GIMBLETT GRAVELS region, in the lee of Roy’s Hill. The soils are deep river gravels, left by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over many thousands of years. These free-draining gravels can be more than 100 metres deep. Their low fertility, along with the ability to control vine vigour by controlling soil moisture, give small crops with highly concentrated flavours and aromas. This is New Zealand’s premier red wine area.
Trinity Hill produces from our four vineyard sites within the Gimblett Gravels – with 20 hectares in each of the “Gimblett Estate” and “Gimblett Stones” vineyards and 10 hectares in the "Tin Shed" block. There is also a small "Winery Block" of around 1 hectare.Visit Gimblett Gravels Association Website
You can purchase wines from our Gimblett Gravels range by clicking HERE
The Hawkes Bay Hills To the south of the Gimblett Gravels and Heretaunga Plains lie gently rolling hills. Trinity Hill has been involved with the development of three vineyards on land owned by local farmers. The sites are significantly cooler than the plains and are eminently suitable to Pinot Noir. The first small quantities were produced from the vintage of 2002. Other varieties grown include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Other Hawkes Bay Sites
Several vineyards on the Heretaunga Plains provide contracted fruit such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.