The New Zealand
winery in Katikati in the Hawke's Bay area (North Island) was founded in 1979 by John and Alison Coney. For many years the famous winemaker John Hancock worked here, who now runs his own Trinity Hill
Winery. The vineyards cover 160 hectares in the Hawke's Bay
areas. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The flagship is the Coniglio Hawke's Bay Chardonnay, which ferments in new French barriques and matures on the yeast. It is one of New Zealand's most expensive wines (the 2000 vintage costs around 80 dollars). The premium wine line is called Black Label with grapes from the Riverview vineyard, the somewhat simpler line is called White Label. The fame of the winery was founded on the Black Label Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay). Other top wines are Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough), Black Label Merlot-Cabernet and Black Label Pinot Noir. We also produce a sparkling wine according to the Champagne method from the classic varieties.