Eight Hawke's Bay wineries which sit within a unique grape-growing triangle are planning to stage a one-day sip and savor event early next year to celebrate the region.

It will be known as the Bridge Pa Wine Festival and had been put together based on the original format of the Harvest Hawke's Bay events which was staged for 15 years until being withdrawn from the events calender in 2012.

The wineries taking part are Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Hawkes Ridge, Ngatarawa, Paritua, Salvare and Sileni.

All are situated in what has become known as the Bridge Pa Triangle wine district - an area of about 2000 hectares on the western side of the Heretaunga Plains which used to be the old riverbed of the Ngaruroro River.


Sileni Estates sales and marketing manager Ange Mill said the festival was being seen as an annual event and like the previous Harvest Hawke's Bay the wineries involved are all within easy distance of each other to make it a one-day outing for locals and visitors.

"It is an opportunity for us to put something together and if it all goes to plan it will become yearly."

The festival will be staged on January 24 between 10am and 5pm and will run on a hop-on hop-off system of buses travelling between each winery throughout the day.

Buses will depart from Napier, Hastings and Havelock North and there will be a three-tier ticket line-up from $30 for access to all wineries and a a festival glass, through to $45 for admission and return transport from Hastings to $50 for admission and return transport from Napier.

Each winery will offer a range of activities, including wine tasting, food, music and wine masterclasses.

"People can enjoy a multitude of wine experiences in one day."

Tickets have been limited to 1000 and interest already through Eventfinda and the individual wineries has been strong.