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My spiritual advisers include wine.

A man meets twelve great spiritual leaders. #Leunig

Picking Dolcetto 2014

Let me tell you about dolcetto.

It means little sweet one- it refers to the taste of the berries.

In fact they are little and ugly because when they are ready to pick they hang losely on the stems and their skins shrivel. Unlike the plump and majestic sangiovese.

In Italy it is made into a village wine and drunk with lunch or before dinner. It's not always grown on the most favourable slopes because the wine make from nebbiolo and barolo is more marketable. Read more »

Picking Dolcetto 2014

Let me tell you about dolcetto.

It means little sweet one- it refers to the taste of the berries.

In fact they are little and ugly because when they are ready to pick they hang losely on the stems and their skins shrivel. Unlike the plump and majestic sangiovese.

In Italy it is made into a village wine and drunk with lunch or before dinner. It's not always grown on the most favourable slopes because the wine make from nebbiolo and barolo is more marketable. Read more »

Last time it was permaculture; this time it's the blues

Greg Fletcher plays the slide guitar. He's also a poet. He is an organic farmer and has a corporate day job. He plays regularly with Blind Willie Motel at the Matakana Market and for weddings and sometimes at Heron's Flight Vineyard. Every tinme we have a Fill your Own Bottle Day he's here.

Last summer he organised a wonderful jamming session here with a group of musicians on the road in a Pink Cadillac- coming from the Riverhead Tavern to here in the space of an afternoon. Read more »

Formidable Vegetable Sound System + Mal Webb- electroswing ukelele ecological edutainment

Not to be alarmist , but recent weather events have indicated a change in our climates that will make just existing on this planet; let alone growing food to feed us; more and more difficult.

For years we have tried to be as sustainable as possible, and have battled with the diseases and pests that come with growing grapes in this part of the country. Read more »

In the Beginning: Peter Gossage. How the earth and the sun became separated

We might as well begin at the beginning.
The Maori explain their origins through the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and their separation by their children. It is reproduced here from the website Te Ao Hou; the National Library of New Zealand: Read more »

Visiting our cellar door

Heron's Flight Cellar Door is open daily

It's quite an adventure to come down the drive to visit us.

However, it's worth the journey, because you will get a warm welcome even in winter.

You will see what's going on in a working vineyard and winery, and get to taste the wines we make from the vines we grow here; Dolcetto and Sangiovese.

You will also sample grapejuices made from merlot and sauvignon blanc sourced in the Hawkes Bay by our son, Luke Hoskins.

Depending on the season, we have grape jelly, verjus and vinegar to taste, plus our ratafia. Read more »