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.
Gregory O'Brien (Author) Gregory O'Brien is a Wellington-based writer, poet and artist. He is a prolific writer of non-fiction and poetry, and has edited two collections of poems with his partner Jenny Bornholdt, My Heart Goes Swimming- New Zealand Love Poems and The Colour of Distance- New Zealand Writers in France. He also co-edited with Jenny Bornholdt and Mark Williams An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the 1997 Montana Book Award for Poetry. A painter and printmaker, Gregory has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows, and his work was exhibited at Black Barn Gallery in 2013. He is the recipient of several arts awards, and was the Frank Sargeson Fellow in 1988, Victoria University Writer-in-Residence in 1995 and Stout Memorial Fellow in 2015. In 2012 Gregory was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction) and was made an Arts Foundation Laureate in the same year. In 2013 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.Jenny Bornholdt (Author) Jenny Bornholdt is a Wellington-based poet who has published 10 collections of poetry and edited two collections of poetry with her partner, Gregory O'Brien, My Heart Goes Swimming- New Zealand Love Poems and The Colour of Distance- New Zealand Writers in France. She also co-edited with Gregory O'Brien and Mark Williams An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the 1997 Montana Book Award for Poetry. Her own poetry collection The Rocky Shore won the 2009 Montana Book Award for Poetry. Jenny was awarded the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in 2002 and was the fifth Te Mata Poet Laureate in 2005. She was awarded an Arts