Linden Estate was established in 1971 by the Van der Linden Family.
The current winery facility was built in 1991, and the vineyard underwent a carefully planned planting program using classic grape varieties including Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay proved to be their first medal winner, and was selected for first and business class services on Air New Zealand flights. Much of the wine was exported to the UK, the US, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada and Taiwan.
The present owners took over in 2006, with a goal of re-establishing the brand as a producer of quality wines. With a completely new and passionate team, our aim is to make premium boutique Hawkes Bay wines. Our hard work and attention to detail is key to growing exceptional fruit and, as a result, our wine achieves depth, richness and complexity with intense fruit flavours.
Linden Estate enjoys the warm climate of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand's most versatile winegrowing region. We are situated 15 minutes north of Napier, in the Eskdale sub region. Linden Estate is the first winery as you arrive into Hawkes Bay from Taupo, and the ideal place to begin any wine tasting experience. Our cellar door is elevated above the surrounding vines, providing a wonderful vista across the valley floor to the wooded hills in the background. For the visitor, Linden Estate Winery offers unique wines, beautiful views and approachable staff.
While visiting Linden Estate Winery, take a moment to relax on our sunny balcony deck overlooking the valley and enjoy a glass of one of our truly exquisite Hawkes Bay wines.
Linden Estate's vineyards are situated on the slopes of the Esk Valley hills. This provides a unique microclimate which protects the vineyard from frost and gives stunning views through the valley. Hawkes Bay is known as a warm area of New Zealand, with moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine. Esk Valley is the most northerly of the Hawkes Bay wine growing areas and is one of the oldest vineyard locations in the area. We pride ourselves on our boutique-style production, growing twelve varieties of grapes in small, carefully managed blocks, over 15 ha of vineyard area.
Our varieties are:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Gris
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Syrah (Shiraz)
- Cabernet Franc
We deliberately keep our yields very low in order to maximize the flavour intensity and ripeness.
“Our mission is to create excellent boutique wines
which we are proud to call our own.”
Winemaker and Viticulturist – Trevor Shepherd
…. A passionate up and coming winemaker who has being quietly vinting under the radar at Linden since 2010 and beginning to be recognized by his established industry peers for his unique and innovative fine wine style. Trevor lives onsite, so never too far from monitoring the process!
Assistant Winemaker - Alex Hendry
...Alex grew up in Auckland graduating from our local EIT in Taradale in 2010 with a degree in oenology. He joined Linden full time in 2016 after part time input over 3 vintages.
Alex is very creative an innovative amoungst his peers.
Cellar Door Sales and Social Media - Angela Ranson - Responsible for customer sales, online sales, social media and co-hosts the cellar door
Cellar Door Host - Kerri White - Responsible for customer sales, online sales, social media and co-hosts the cellar door
GM/ Accounts – Janet Nielson… The ‘Camp Leader’ of the above boys and what a patient task it is! like a good wine! Aye Janet!? Better not say anymore…lol
Senior Consultant - Ian Hill... Ian has vast experience in sales, marketing and export with some 26 years + in the Wine Industry.
Ian has a passion for Hawke's Bay wine particularly Chardonnays and Syrah.