Our vision began in the air. That’s where founder Chris Pask – flying in the cockpit of his topdressing plane – first saw the potential for growing exceptional grapes in the light, stony soils of the ancient Ngaruroro riverbed.
Sheltered from Pacific breezes and several degrees warmer than any other New Zealand wine-growing area, it was in this sun-drenched valley that Chris planted Pask’s first vines thirty years ago. A prized 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon marked our first vintage and from this modest beginning, the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels wine-growing district was established.
More than three decades later, we’re as passionate as ever about making authentic wines to be shared and enjoyed. Our award-winning winemaking team use sustainable methods ensure the quality and consistency of our wines. From grape-picking in our 60 hectares of vineyards to bottling at our Hawke’s Bay winery, there is hands-on care throughout the entire winemaking process.
Pask wines have earned gold medals and trophy success in London, Australia, Asia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand across a range of varietals and styles, but innovation is important to us. Drawing on the teams winemaking experience and intimate knowledge of Gimblett Gravels, we continue to enhance the quality of our wines, as well as experiment with wine styles and techniques under our “Small Batch” collection.
At Pask, we remain singularly focused on making enduring styles of wine of great value. At our winery, you won’t find T-shirts for sale or a restaurant. But you will find a small team of dedicated people who love to make Pask wines.
From the dusty tannins of our soil to our cool climate and golden sunshine, we believe every bottle of Pask wine tells a story.
"Our guiding philosophy at Pask has always been to produce the finest wines from the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay."
JOHN BENTON, Owner
John has been a Director at Pask Winery since 2001, in July 2017 becoming majority shareholder.
John is an avid wine lover & successful NZ businessman, specialising in building and developing a diverse range of businesses including Jackson Estate in Blenhiem.
JEFF HART, Managing Director
Jeff oversees all aspects of the company, ensuring a smooth operation connecting production, planning, strategic direction, and sales, whilst also covering governance and finance. He has a dynamic hands-on approach to sales and marketing. Domestic and International sales growth is an ongoing goal, without compromising product quality and brand strength. Leading an experienced, diversely skilled team, Jeff’s role is to keep the company’s values to the fore as market changes evolve.
Jeff also heads the Benton Family Wine Group, as well as a diverse portfolio of businesses within the Benton Group.
CHRIS PASK, Founder
Chris Pask established the first plantings in the Gimblett Gravels region in 1981. After flying above the area in his top dressing plane. In 1985, the first vintage was produced and the Pask brand family label was established.
Chris remains on the board as the founder of Pask.
JEFF CLARKE, Group Winemaker
Jeff Clarke was appointed as the Group Winemaker for the Benton Wine Group in 2017. He began his winemaking career in Australia, working as a head winemaker with Pernod Ricard for 17 years, more recently Ara, and has made a considerable contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.
PAUL SMITH, Head Winemaker
Paul first realised his passion for wine while working in a boutique bottle store in his home town of Te Puke.
Paul's first vintage was with Pask in 2004, from there he went on to travel and experience vintages in various wine regions such as, the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley & Burgundy.
Returning to Hawkes Bay with his young family in 2010 to take up a leadership role with Pask Winery.