OUR HERITAGE

OUR HERITAGE

OUR HERITAGE

OUR HERITAGE

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A PIONEER OF THE HAWKE’S BAY WINE INDUSTRY
One of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, our journey started with a young Tom McDonald whose passion for wine saw him forge both a remarkable legacy and enviable future for Hawke’s Bay winemaking and Church Road Winery. Today, our current Chief Winemaker Chris Scott continues this dedication to creating exceptional wines, combining traditional winemaking practices coupled with innovative techniques.

1897

Bartholomew Steinmetz founded Taradale Vineyards on the site now known as Church Road.

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1921

Tom McDonald starts working at the winery aged 14 and became in charge of the winery by 19.

1949

Tom McDonald produces New Zealand’s first widely available Cabernet Sauvignon pioneering modern quality winemaking in Hawke’s Bay.

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1960's

New Zealand wine connoisseurs snap up McDonald’s red wines year after year.

1987

Tom McDonald passes away, leaving behind a legacy of quality winemaking.

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1989

Church Road Winery is renovated and re-established as the heart of premium red winemaking in New Zealand.

1991

Two French winemakers from Domaines Cordier in Bordeaux impart traditional French winemaking techniques.

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1995

First vintage of TOM Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is crafted to honour the legacy of Tom McDonald.

2005

Chris Scott appointed as Lead Winemaker

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2020

Chris Scott is awarded Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year for the third time.

HOW TO FIND US 

ADDRESS
150 Church Road, Taradale Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

CONTACT US
Email us: info@churchroad.co.nz
or call us on +6468338225

OPENING HOURS

Cellar Door: Thurs – Mon, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Restaurant: Thursday – Monday, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday’s and some Public Holidays.