Mission Estate Winery

Mission Estate Winery

---------- A Historical Manor that should not be missed

The story of Mission Estate Winery begins with a group of French Missionaries who sailed to New Zealand in 1838 with little more than their faith and a few vines.

Mission Estate was established by these Missionaries in Hawkes Bay in 1851, where vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine and New Zealand’s first winery was born. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870.

Mission has never lost sight of its French heritage, as over the years Brothers of the Order have travelled to France to study and learn viticulture and winemaking skills.  Our current winemaker Paul Mooney has been at Mission for over 30 years, and was originally trained by the Fathers.

If visiting La Grande Maison of Mission Estate, as you progress down the driveway, there is still one row of Muscat grapes that have been grafted over the years from the very original stock bought to Hawke’s Bay by the Marist Fathers.

Nestled in the Taradale hills, diners at the Mission Estate Restaurant enjoy sweeping views of Napier city and the coast beyond. The waiting staff are trained to provide the best wine match for each dish.We offer a children is menu for 12 years and under. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the beautifully manicured gardens and soak up the ambiance of the estate.