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The Hay Paddock vineyard on Waiheke Island was established by Chris Canning in 2003 on a sheltered site close to the ocean in the Onetangi Valley. Chris had identified it as a terroir perfectly suited to growing Syrah and the 2006 vintage was quickly awarded the Trophy for the best Syrah/Shiraz at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition. Subsequent vintages went on to win multiple Gold Medals in international competitions and 5-Star ratings from leading wine critics. The aim was always to blend and age reds in small to moderate quantities that would appeal to top restaurants and wine enthusiasts.   Reliance on a single variety at a single location had economic implications, however, that were not sustainable so Chris and his partner established a new business negotiating with specialist growers in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne to expand the varieties available and to appeal to restaurant clientele.

The Hay Paddock Waiheke vineyard in spring and summer
From an early introduction to winemaking, "punching the cap" in Nuits St. George in 1961, Chris returned to New Zealand to plant Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay in 1976 and built the pioneering Hotel du Vin and deRedcliffe Estates labels during the 1980s. His career and interests have followed many paths with writing being his core interest and passion, including novels and screenplays. (See the Blog Post for current projects or visit his website at www.cccanning.com)  Jules Silk, his partner, shares a passion for the arts and is a lifelong painter whose experimental expressionist work was recently shown in Barcelona.  For details of her forthcoming exhibitions visit her website.
Chris Canning and Jules Silk


Trade, Export and Private Sales Enquiries
should be directed to us at:
PO Box 34595, Birkenhead 0746, Auckland
Email: enquiries@thehaypaddock.co.nz
TEL: 64 (0) 21 211 2829 (Jules)
TEL: 64 (0) 27 4968783 (Chris)
The Hay Paddock Cellar Door at Rangihoua
is located at 1 Gordons Road, Waiheke Island
and is open 7 days a week from 11.00am to 3.00pm.  For extended summer and public holiday opening hours telephone:
TEL: 64 (0) 9 372 6214