Napier – Wine Country, New Zealand

Stroll along the Marine Parade, parks, gardens and memorials; inner streets lined with swaying palm trees. Here you first notice the art deco buildings, artfully created to re-establish a bustling city. Devastated by a large earthquake in 1931, the city has banded together to once again rebuild. Each summer a festival takes place to celebrateContinue reading “Napier – Wine Country, New Zealand”

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”