Sip a full-bodied Sauvignon in the warm sunshine while touring the very vineyard its grapes were grown. Meet the passionate local producers who craft Bordeaux blends and complex chardonnays from the rich soils of Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island’s east coast. Bring a healthy appetite, exceptional food and wine is always in season here.
Start the day at a boutique family-run vineyard for a behind the scenes tasting tour, before paying a visit to New Zealand’s only wine museum. By now it’s time for a leisurely lunch and there’s no better spot than the Mission Estate, the country’s oldest and grandest producer. Feast on the region’s famed food accompanied, of course, by a glass or two of its outstanding wine.
Spend the afternoon visiting a further mix of small and medium sized wineries, learning how wine evolves from the vine to your glass on a variety of scales. Taste award-winning vintages from the Gimblett Gravels, one of the country’s most prestigious growing districts. Finish your day of indulgence with a gourmet platter of the finest local meats and cheeses, accompanied by olives, breads and dips.
Whether you’re a wine buff or keen to learn, or prefer a glass of red to a chilled Sauvignon blanc, we’ll tailor the day to your individual tastes.