Meandering across the foothills of Te Mata Peak and through the Tuki Tuki Valley, Black Barn Vineyards has become one of Hawke’s Bay’s most popular attractions. Its evolution over the past 20 years is a story of enterprise and creativity – from a single cottage into a wine, food and luxury accommodation destination. Owners Kim Thorp and Andy Coltart envisioned not just a vineyard but a unique environment that would entice people to stay.

With a collection of stylish yet low-key retreats, Black Barn is one of the most sought-after getaways in the region, while the vineyard, bistro, growers’ market and outdoor amphitheater are a drawcard for locals and tourists alike.

Black Barn: Portrait of a Place is a fitting tribute to a Hawke’s Bay landmark. Lavishly photographed by Brian Culy, with text and poetry contributed by Gregory O’Brien and Jenny Bornholdt, and recipes from the Black Barn Bistro menu, it’s the next best thing to being there yourself.