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.
Bartholomew Steinmetz founded Taradale Vineyards on the site now known as Church Road.
Tom McDonald starts working at the winery aged 14 and became in charge of the winery by 19.
Tom McDonald produces New Zealand’s first widely available Cabernet Sauvignon pioneering modern quality winemaking in Hawke’s Bay.
New Zealand wine connoisseurs snap up McDonald’s red wines year after year.
Tom McDonald passes away, leaving behind a legacy of quality winemaking.
Church Road Winery is renovated and re-established as the heart of premium red winemaking in New Zealand.
Two French winemakers from Domaines Cordier in Bordeaux impart traditional French winemaking techniques.
First vintage of TOM Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is crafted to honour the legacy of Tom McDonald.
Chris Scott appointed as Lead Winemaker
Chris Scott is awarded Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year for the third time.
HOW TO FIND US
Cellar Door: Thurs – Mon, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Restaurant: Thursday – Monday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday’s and some Public Holidays.