Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Autumn Colours at Mission Estate

These images are a result of solving a wine buying problem on Easter Sunday.  We needed some wine to share with our hosts, but all the normal retail outlets were closed for the holidays and small convenience stores were forbidden by law from selling liquor in Easter Sunday.  Fortunately we were in the Hawkes Bay, second largest wine growing area in New Zealand.  A quick telephone call to Mission Estate yielded the solution – their cellar was open for business.  This was surprising since the wine estate is owned by the Marist Brothers order of the Catholic Church, but is now operated by an independent company on their behalf.

Mission Estate, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Mission Estate

Mission Estate is Hawke’s Bay’s oldest winery.  Marist Brothers began making sacrificial and table wine as early as the 1850s but the first recorded commercial sale was in 1870.  The present winery site was purchased in 1897. Mission Estate has a proud place in New Zealand wine making history.

Easter in New Zealand is at the beginning of autumn so the vines were starting to turn yellow at the time of my visit.  These photographs were taken late afternoon on an overcast day.

Avenue, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

The Avenue

Winery, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Winery

Fallen Leaves, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Fallen Leaves

Between the Rows, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Between the Rows

Mission Vineyard, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Mission Vineyard

Rows, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Rows

Sheep in the Meadow, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Sheep in the Meadow

Shades of Green, Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Shades of Green

One response

  1. David

    Nice work! – i like the abstracted patterns a lot esp. the last 4

    April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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