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Wednesday 29 March 2023

Hawke's Bay wine region bounces back after cyclone

Six weeks after Cyclone Gabrielle devastated the region, winemakers in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, are enjoying vintage with pickers enjoying some welcome sunshine.

“While we have all seen images of the devastated vineyards following Cyclone Gabrielle, we want to assure wine lovers that Hawke’s Bay is open for business," says Sally Duncan, chair of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers.

"We invite you to come and visit our beautiful region and enjoy the distinctive varieties and wines you know and love.

"Most cellar doors and our fantastic restaurants are open and looking forward to welcoming visitors over the Easter break.

"And if you can’t get to Hawke’s Bay, then look to support the region by buying Hawke's Bay wines and the other produce that the region is famous for.”

The Hawke's Bay community has rallied around the vineyards and wineries impacted by the cyclone with on-the-ground help with clean up, organising fundraising events or contributing to the Hawkes Bay Winegrowers Charitable Trust Relief Fund. 

“It has been heartening to see huge teams of volunteers helping out all over the region with the clean up of affected wineries and vineyards” says Brent Linn, executive officer for Hawke's Bay Wine.

The Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Charitable Trust Relief Fund has so far raised over $NZ160,000. Those wanting to donate directly to the Hawke’s Bay Wine community can find more information here.

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