The New Zealand
winery in Hastings in the area of Waiheke Island (North Island) was founded in 1905 by the Spaniard Anthony Joseph Vidal (born 1866), who immigrated in 1888. The years before he had worked on the estate of his uncle Joseph Soler. His three sons continued the legacy. The winery, which had been family-owned until then, was acquired by the wine empire Villa Maria
in 1976. A restaurant is attached. The estate's own vineyards cover 28 hectares and are planted with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Grapes of the varieties Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sémillon are purchased from contract winegrowers. The wines are marketed in the three lines Joseph Soler (after the founder's uncle), Vidal Reserve and Vidal Estate. Among the best products are the red wines Cabernet-Merlot Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, as well as the white wine Chardonnay Reserve.