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History & Philosophy

Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001. Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of winemaking with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy. With the majestic elephant as the company's namesake, Elephant Hill has over 61 hectares of vineyards in Te Awanga, Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa. Under the supervision of winemaker Steve Skinner they produce award-winning wines; classical, aromatic whites and world-class reds.

Vineyard & Climate

The Elephant Hill vineyards enjoy the spoils of a temperate, dry climate and an extended growing season. Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa vineyards have a slightly warmer climate than the coastal sites, perfect for the ripening of Syrah grapes. Cooled by afternoon Pacific Ocean sea breezes, the single vineyard on the Te Awanga coast grows grapes with lively acidity, excellent maturation and ripeness. This moderated climate results in intense flavour development ensuring distinct wines are produced representing the terroir of Te Awanga.

ELEPHANT HILL, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc

A sophisticated wine with aromas of citrus blossom, lemon verbena and wild herbs that are perfectly balanced with flavours of lime and gooseberry.


Citrus blossom, pink grapefruit, nectarine and hazelnut aromas intermingle with flavours of green apple and hazelnut. The finish is pleasant, complex and persistent.

Pinot Noir

Elegant aromas of cherries and gentle spice match perfectly with flavours of strawberries and a hint of dried herbs.

Intense, ripe, juicy wine with notes of black fruits, dark chocolate, black pepper and sweet inviting spices.

Le Phant Range

A play on words; the winemaker’s chance to have some fun.

Le Phant Blanc
An aromatic blend combing subtle spicy characters, floral notes and an off dry sweetness with beautiful balance and texture.

Le Phant Rouge
A Bourdeaux blend with ripe black fruit and spicy herbal aromas, complimented by flavours of plums, crème caramel and cinnamon with good structure and length.

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