Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Harvest time (1st of 2)

Harvest time

French Catholic missionaries of the Society of Mary (Marists) planted the first vineyard in Hawke’s Bay in 1851 so they could make sacramental wine. They soon started selling table wine to the public, and in doing so founded one of the region’s key industries. The Society of Mary still makes wine at its Mission Estate complex in Greenmeadows, Napier. The small onlooker (bottom right) is watching the harvest of 1895.

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Mission Estate Winery

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Horticulture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23909/harvest-time (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015