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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