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Hawkes Bay - Gimblett Gravels

Until the massive flood of 1867, the Omahu Channel of the Ngaruroro River flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands.

When the river changed its course following the earthquake that devastated Napier in 1931, it left behind 800 hectares of land, which in a pastoral community, was deemed worthless.

Today, the Gimblett Gravels area is rapidly becoming one of the most famed New World terroirs, winning attention as its red wines collect awards and accolades around the world.

Under a thin layer of silt and sand, the ground is comprised of free draining, highly infertile gravel.

Located 15km inland, it’s not subject to cooling sea breezes which are a feature of many of the other Hawkes Bay sub regions - so it gets hot! Importantly, not only is the air hotter here, the ground is too, due to the heat retentive properties of the stones.