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Unison Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay

Unison Vineyard stands for: 

  • Combination of "Old World" and "New World" philosophies - hence "Heritage and the Fine Hand" on the label
  • Total control, from the vineyard to the finished wine 
  • Passion for quality - dedicated to the connoisseur 

Unison Vineyard is a Family Estate, established in 1993 at the heart of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay. The six hectares of vineyard are planted to merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. Great attention to detail is paid in the vineyard - high vine planting density and deliberate low yields per vine enable the growing of consistent, fully-ripened and healthy grapes every year. Great importance is placed on doing all the critical work in the vineyards themselves, to make sure the high quality level in the vineyard is maintained. Due to extensive hand labour and attention to detail with canopy management a significant reduction in the use of vineyard sprays has been achieved.

Due to the consistency in producing high-quality wines, Unison Vineyard has been rated by Jancis Robinson (Concise Wine Companion) as one of 28 up-and-coming producers world wide “... whose success seems most obvious to me at the beginning of the 21st century ...” – the only winery in NZ which has received this accolade. Unison Vineyard is run by husband and wife team Philip and Terry Horn. 

Also on the team is Jenny Dobson as Consultant Winemaker – a position she has held since the winery was founded. Jenny is responsible for the quality and direction of the wines. She started her long association with fine wines working at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy from 1979 to 1981. She then worked with Stephen Spurrier at his L’Academie du Vin in Paris in 1981 and 1982. Jenny spent the next 12 years in Bordeaux as Maitre de Chais at Chateau Senejac, a Cru Bourgeois in the Haut Medoc. From 1995 Jenny worked at Frankland Estate in the Great Southern region of Western Australia before returning to New Zealand. She joined Te Awa Farm on the Gimblett Gravels as Winemaker in 1998 and continued working there until 2008.

The founders of the vineyard had worked in Tuscany for many years prior to establishing their own estate in Hawke's Bay. They were keen to find an area with "poor soil" that is found in the best wine growing regions in the world. They were one of the first to risk their entire livelihood in this area of "poor soil". They decided to establish themselves in the as yet "undesignated" area of what today is known as the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawke's Bay.

Hawke's Bay was already a leading winegrowing district in New Zealand, but the 800 hectares pocket of this particular free-draining gravel soil (Gimblett Gravels) was still largely unused wasteland.

Since taking ownership of Unison Vineyard in February 2008, Philip and Terry Horn have consolidated the business and continued the succession of superb wines that come from the special 6 ha site from the heart of the Gimblett Gravels.


  • Unison Classic Blend 2010

    Unison Classic Blend 2010

    Winemaking Gentle handling and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our winemaking. Our grapes are 100% Gimblett Gravels from our own vineyard, hand picked and fermented in small open topped vats. The fermenting wines...

  • Unison Gimblett Gravels Selection 2013

    Unison Gimblett Gravels Selection 2013

    Unison Vineyard is a small Family Estate in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay. Established in 1993, with densely planted vinesthat are carefully managed for low yield, ripeness and...

  • Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013

    Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013

    UNISON wines are recognized not to be mainstream; instead they are well-balanced and sophisticated. The Unison Syrah underlines these attributes and has already become a highly acclaimed wine. WINEMAKING: Gentle handling and...

  • Unison Reserve Chardonnay 2016

    Unison Reserve Chardonnay 2016

    Unison Chardonnay is youthful, elegant and refined and has the capacity to age gracefully. A delicious partner now with fish and white meats. Serve lightly chilled. Vintage 2016Tasting Note - Attractive pale straw in colour...

  • Unison Reserve Chardonnay 2018

    Unison Reserve Chardonnay 2018

    Vintage 2018Hawke’s Bay was again blessed by wonderful grape growing conditions in 2018. Following a difficult year for Chardonnay in 2017 when we decided not to make this wine, it’s was a relief to have...

  • Unison Reserve Merlot 2013

    Unison Reserve Merlot 2013

    Vintage – 2010 The long growing season The growing season kicked off relatively early in September 2009. The weather in spring was variable with particularly cold periods in October. The unsettled weather continued...

  • Unison Rocky Red 2017

    Unison Rocky Red 2017

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  • Unison Rose 2018

    Unison Rose 2018

    Winemaking: Unison Rosé is made by the traditional method of saigné (bleeding). We handpick our red grapes, then de-stem and lightly crush them to just break their skins before they go into the fermenting vats...

  • Unison Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    Unison Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    WINEMAKING Sourced from the Hawkes Bay, our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc was fermented at cold temperatures in stainless steel fermenting tanks on our property. The wine was finished dry and it shows a refreshing acidity. Our...

  • Unison Syrah 2010

    Unison Syrah 2010

    Winemaking Gentle handling and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our winemaking. We handpick our grapes, then de-stem and lightly crush them to just break their skins before they go into the fermenting vats. The...

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