When winemaker Hamish Jardine's great grandfather first acquired land, as settlement of a debt, at Bay View, he was alarmed to find that his new acquisition was covered with tidal water, rushes and hundreds of crabs!
The family jokingly called it "Crab Farm".
However, the great Hawke's Bay earthquake of 1931 lifted the land at Crab Farm above sea level, creating the site of the present day vineyard and winery.
In 1987 an implements shed was converted into a small vertical-timbered winery.
The vineyard adjoining the winery nestles on twelve hectares of shingly and silty soils and benefits from cool sea breezes.
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