Top Wineries of the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Esk Valley Estate Swing back rustic cellar doors into another era, grapes sourced from Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. Famous for “The Terraces”, a grape variety only released when they produce an exceptional vintage. Robert Bird first planted grapevines in 1933, although now owned by George Fistonich, founder of Villa Maria estate in Auckland and Marlborough;Continue reading “Top Wineries of the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand”

Top Wineries of the Wairarapa

Top Wineries of the Wairarapa Palliser Estate Enter into this small boutique vineyard with an international outlook. Vast green array of vines clothing the landscape as far as the eye can see, a mere hint of the mountains in the distance shrouded in a hazy fog. Sun peeking through the trees down onto the shroudedContinue reading “Top Wineries of the Wairarapa”

Wine Regions of Auckland

Wine Regions of Auckland Ascension Vineyard Metro Magazine named it one of Auckland’s top twenty garden bars. Peter Saunders, a wine critic, called it a “regional star of Matakana, awards for excellence, this vineyard cannot be passed by. Planted on a single steep hillside, graciously enveloped with a warm climate, no wonder people marvel atContinue reading “Wine Regions of Auckland”

Wineries in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Wineries in the Bay of Plenty   Mills Reef Hidden in the small town of Bethlehem in Tauranga, a gem awaits to be discovered. You could be forgiven for underestimating the petite art deco winery, but once you have stepped within the grounds, you can see why it has been acclaimed as one of theContinue reading “Wineries in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand”

Wineries in Northland, New Zealand

Wine Regions of Northland Karikari Estate Wander along the forty hectare vineyard, the vines sloping down the northern slopes of Toupiroroa range; situated on the Karikari Peninsula in Kaitaia. The giant octopus resides at the end of Karikari beach, guarding the entrance to the harbour, dominating the landscape. Just ten years old, they started outContinue reading “Wineries in Northland, New Zealand”

Wineries in Gisborne, New Zealand

Wineries in Gisborne Kirkpatrick Estate Winery Aromas and characters of the fruit wafts through the elevated terraced and level land. Their enchanting wines, fascinating cellar door experience and vineyard tour takes you on an in-depth journey through the grape-giving Gisborne. Simon Kirkpatrick was a drilling superintendent on oil exploration rigs, finally settling down to establishContinue reading “Wineries in Gisborne, New Zealand”