Vidal Estate winery is situated on the original site in Hastings, Hawkes Bay which was purchased by its founder Anthony Joseph Vidal back in 1905. The winery itself is a combination of old and new. Modern state-of-the-art technology is used in conjunction with traditional winemaking techniques and some original elements of the building are used for Chardonnay fermentation and maturation.
Vidal Estate sources grapes from New Zealand's second largest growing region, Hawkes Bay, including the world famous Gimblett Gravels. This area is defined by unique, free draining shingle soils and average temperatures up to three degrees hotter than most other areas in Hawkes Bay, resulting in complex and elegant red wines. Characterised by high sunshine hours and diversity of landscape and soil types, the Hawkes Bay region has earned a reputation as one of the finest wine producing regions in the world, in particular for classically styled Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and rich Chardonnay with underlying elegance. Fruit is also sourced from vineyards located in Marlborough, New Zealand's largest wine growing region.
Vidal Estate is dedicated to environmentally friendly winemaking and sustainable winegrowing practices.This mindset allows Vidal Estate to contribute to New Zealand's "clean, green" image and increase quality assurance from vineyard through to the finished wine. Vidal Estate was a founding member of the Living Wine group, a small group of wineries who gained ISO 14001 certification in 1998, having achieved a globally recognised standard in environmental management systems. The winery is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and BioGro certified, meaning it is accredited to process grapes grown using organic principles. Select Vidal Estate grapes are sourced from the BioGro certified Joseph Soler vineyard in Hawkes Bay. Rather than relying on herbicides or pesticides, this vineyard’s management focuses on enhancing soil fertility and fostering beneficial processes to minimise the need for intervention to control pests and diseases.