History & Geography
Anthony Joseph Vidal, a young emigrant from Spain, was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of the Hawkes Bay. A young man with a spirit for adventure, he sailed across the world to New Zealand arriving in 1888 with just an apple and a penny in his pocket. He joined his uncle Joseph Soler, one of New Zealand’s pioneering vintners, and together they worked hard to clear the wild and undeveloped landscape for vineyards. In 1905, Anthony began a search for the perfect growing region to produce the high quality continental style wines he favoured. He found it in Hawkes Bay, purchasing an old racing stable which he converted into rudimentary cellars and established Vidal in 1905. Success followed quickly, underpinned by his patient and natural approach to winemaking. Today we continue this approach, producing unique, terroir driven wines from outstanding sites in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough that we take to the world.