Linden Estate was established in 1971 by Wim Van der Linden, an immigrant from Holland, and his wife Maria. Wim, a civil engineer by profession, was always very enthusiastic about wine making and grape growing. The first grapes on the site were planted with the assistance of Sir Tom McDonald and McWilliams Wines, who planted approximately 12 hectares of Palomino and Riesling.Wim and Maria began making wine in 1979 and slowly started building their reputation, as well as the Linden Estate brand.
The current winery facility was built in 1991, and the vineyard underwent a carefully planned planting program using classic grape varieties including Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay proved to be their first medal winner, and was selected for first and business class services on Air New Zealand flights. Much of the wine was exported to the UK, the US, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada and Taiwan.
The present owners took over in 2006. With a completely new and passionate team, our aim is to make premium boutique wine.
Our hard work and attention to detail is key to growing exceptional fruit and, as a result, our wine achieves depth, richness and complexity with intense fruit flavours. The effort put into the vineyards has resulted in many of our wines winning medals.
Linden Estate enjoys the warm climate of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s most versatile wine growing region. We are situated 15 minutes north of Napier, in Eskdale. Linden Estate is the first winery as you arrive into Hawkes Bay from Taupo, and the ideal place to begin your wine tasting experience.