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 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.
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.