The Pask Philosophy

"Producing the finest Wines from the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay"

The Story Behind

Pask winery

While flying above the ancient Ngaruroro riverbed in his topdressing plane founder, Chris Pask, saw an opportunity to grow exceptional grapes. The valley's sun-kissed, light, stony soils, sheltered from the Pacific-breeze were perfect for wine-growing. It was here that Pask’s first vines were planted over four decades ago. Our maiden vintage, a prized 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon, marked the start of the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels wine-growing district and established the Pask brand as the region’s founding growers.

Now under the care of the Benton Family, our passion for making authentic wines to be shared and enjoyed has only grown stronger. Our award-winning winemaking team employs sustainable methods to ensure the quality and consistency of our wines. We provide hands-on care throughout the entire winemaking process, from grape-picking in our 60 hectares of vineyards to bottling onsite at our Hawke's Bay winery.

At Pask, we are dedicated to producing enduring, high-value wines. Our winery is staffed by a small team of devoted individuals who are passionate about creating something special in every bottle.

Sustainability in Practice

on the Gimblett Gravels

Respect for the land, the community and our environment has been part of our business strategy and philosophy from the day we planted our first vines at Gimblett Road in 1981. We've been leading environmental responsibility and sustainability in the New Zealand wine industry ever since.

In 1998, Pask Winery became one of the first New Zealand wineries to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation.  We believe that the only way to ensure the integrity of our wines is to own the full winemaking process and practice sustainable methods. That means sustainability is an all-encompassing philosophy for us.

We continue to be attentive to our vineyard's needs and use best-practice sustainability


John Benton


Toni Butcher


Matt Patterson-Green

Head Winemaker

Nigel Sheridan


Graeme Bee

Group Viticulturist

Heath Miller

Assistant Vineyard Manager

Serena Hughes

Cellar Door Manager

Isla McNaught

Sales & Marketing Manager

Anthony Mitchell

Operations Manager

Moore Haszard

Logistics Manager

Shireen Motley


Hemi Phillips

Cellar Hand


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Founding Growers

In 1981, Pask planted the first vines in the ancient Ngaruroro riverbed, founding Hawke's Bay's renowned Gimblett Gravels wine district.