‘Vidal Estate’ is one of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards, dating all the way back to 1905. Anthony Joseph Vidal was a young Spanish immigrant and one of the first winemakers to truly appreciate what the Hawke’s Bay wine region could offer. He arrived in New Zealand in 1888 at just 22 years of age and spent his first 11 years working for his uncle in the wine industry and eventually moved to Hawke’s Bay to establish his own vineyard. He purchased a small property near Hastings, converted one of the stables into a wine cellar and planted the first of his vines: what we might call the first glimpse of ‘Vidal Estates’.
1927 saw the opening of another first in New Zealand - ‘The Vidal Estate Winery Restaurant’. This was opened on the original winery site and was a milestone that had a ripple effect throughout the New Zealand hospitality industry. For over three decades now the ‘Vidal Estate Winery Restaurant’ has been a Hawke’s Bay icon, as well as a place of comfort for both locals and visitors alike.
Today Winemaker Hugh Crichton continues Anthony Vidal’s winemaking Legacy creating Trophy winning wines, with a passion for classic Hawke's Bay varieties. Their portfolio showcases 10 different varietals, all in different styles, across four distinct and exciting brands. One to watch out for is their ‘Vidal Legacy Chardonnay’ - a fine and elegant wine with citrus, flinty and nutty aromas. It’s a complex and textural dream. Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay at its finest.
To find out more about Vidal, their wines and their story, visit their website here.