Our Story
4 generations of winemaking tradition
Welcome to Our Story
Both Bev and Hegman's roots reach back into European soil. Bev immigrated from England back in the 70s while Hegman, although born in New Zealand, has mixed English and Croation heritage. Since the early 1930s, the Croation side of Hegman's family has been involved in wine making and grape growing in New Zealand. He is now the fourth generation.

The couple purchased the land in Takatu Road back in 2002. This wonderful property with its spectacular views out to Little Barrier Island quickly became their labour of love. For the first 18 months, they prepared the land to plant a vineyard which boasts an unusually wide variety of grape vines.

As they planted and cultivated, so Hegman and Bev learned. Neither had any previous experience of how to grow grapes and make wine, but the quality of the wine that comes out of Omaha Bay Vineyard today is testament to how thoroughly and expertly they acquired the necessary skills and know-how.

Once the vines were established, everything came together quickly. The first vintage was harvested in 2006, the winery built in 2007, and Omaha Bay Vineyard opened for business in May 2008 alongside a small art gallery.

In 2011, Omaha Bay Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris was awarded a gold medal. In 2014 the winery and tasting room were relocated into the wine cave, and in 2020, Bev extended the Art Gallery to include a greater range of local and other New Zealand artists.

The year 2021 will see Omaha Bay Vineyard's 16th vintage.
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Our Story
4 generations of winemaking tradition
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Welcome to Our Story

4 generations of winemaking tradition

Both Bev and Hegman’s roots reach back into European soil. Bev immigrated from England back in the 70s while Hegman, although born in New Zealand, has mixed English and Croation heritage. Since the early 1930s, the Croation side of Hegman’s family has been involved in wine making and grape growing in New Zealand. He is now the fourth generation.

The couple purchased the land in Takatu Road back in 2002. This wonderful property with its spectacular views out to Little Barrier Island quickly became their labour of love. For the first 18 months, they prepared the land to plant a vineyard which boasts an unusually wide variety of grape vines.

As they planted and cultivated, so Hegman and Bev learned. Neither had any previous experience of how to grow grapes and make wine, but the quality of the wine that comes out of Omaha Bay Vineyard today is testament to how thoroughly and expertly they acquired the necessary skills and know-how.

Once the vines were established, everything came together quickly. The first vintage was harvested in 2006, the winery built in 2007, and Omaha Bay Vineyard opened for business in May 2008 alongside a small art gallery.

In 2011, Omaha Bay Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris was awarded a gold medal. In 2014 the winery and tasting room were relocated into the wine cave, and in 2020, Bev extended the Art Gallery to include a greater range of local and other New Zealand artists.

The year 2021 will see Omaha Bay Vineyard’s 16th vintage.

Refined Taste

Fine wine and fine art go hand-in-hand at Omaha Bay Vineyard. From its simple inception in 2008, our Art Gallery has grown and now adorns the walls of our atmospheric wine cellar. Strategically hung mood lighting conjures an intimacy that creates a personal bond between viewer and artwork. All pieces, some of which have been specially created to hang in our wine cave gallery, are sourced from the work of New Zealand artists, many of whom are local. And, just like our fine wine, you can also take our fine art home with you.

Hear it through the grapevine

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