[15 February/Stuff]

One of New Zealand’s first wineries, Vidal Estate, in the Hawkes Bay has been put up for sale by pioneering winemaker Sir George Fistonich. The Estate was established in 1905 by Anthony Joseph Vidal, who set out to establish a wine empire. The reason for the sale is so the company can move its production to a new winery a few kilometres away. Sir George said there had already been interest from potential buyers who looked to retain the restaurant and events centre, as well as use the winery for boutique production. He noted that the new winery will allow premium grapes from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay to be processed in one place for the Villa Maria Family of Wineries. Bayley’s Hawke’s Bay Salesman, Paul Garland, said there was a lot of potential for the wine portfolio and gave his opinion on possible business routes potential buyers could take.  Villa Maria will retain the Vidal Estate label.