Maximize Your Auckland Stay by Visiting Great Wineries
Traveling to New Zealand but don’t know where to find exquisite wines to try? We went ahead and covered some of the best wineries in NZ so you don’t have to. Check ‘em out!
You’ll find it rare to see Aucklanders going out of their way to try wines. Mostly, they’re happy with the bottle on offer at the supermarket, which they’ll take home to crack open for dinner or little celebration. I have friends in Auckland and to my astonishment, they haven’t been out to taste wine in years, despite three key wine regions, countless wine shops and a number of specialty wine retailers in their area.
If you’re in Auckland for the first time, I suggest you make the most out of your visit by visiting some wineries. Keep in mind – wine tasting is generally an indoor sport, so you’ve got no excuse with the weather.
Villa Maria . 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere
Villa Maria is considered to be NZ’s third largest wine producer. Established in 1960, it is owned and operated by industry legend, Sir George Fistonich. The newly upgraded winery is a cutting-edge facility with expansive green lawns, a Gewürztraminer vineyard, administration block, bottling hall, and an amphitheater concert venue, large function facilities and even a mirrored lake.
Guide tasting starts at $15 per head with a range of Chardonnay wines from the catalogue. The excellent café has a good menu ranging from platters for two from $40.
West Brook Winery.215Ararimu Valley Road, Kumeu
West Brook is a mere 25 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s Central Business District. This winery’s grounds have a stunningly picturesque landscape with mature trees, leading down to a duck pond complete with rows of vines on the slopes beyond.
Eight wines are offered for tasting at no charge, including award-winning Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and their flagship Ivicevich estate Chardonnay. Moreover, once or twice a year, they host a Food, Wine & Music Festival complete with wines by the glass and picnic tables set out on the trimmed lawns. Sometimes, an all-weather picnic area, lakeside picnic tables, petanque, a massive chess set and gas BBQ signal the rich taster and pals.
Brick Bay Wines. Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Matakana
Brick Bay Wines can boast as the youngest winery in the region. The winery is quick to establish itself, as an amazing mustdo during Matakana visit. A tasting fee of only $50 is refunded upon purchase of any wine from their collection.
The best feature of Brick Bay is its long, spare and roomy glass-house tasting facility and office complex adjacentto a large pond. Architectureis done by award-winning Noel Lane. Great-tasting food is also available and there is a wine by the glass and coffee.
Cable Bay Vineyards. Nick Johnstone Drive, Oneroa
From renowned fine dining restaurant and wine bar and Cellar Door tasting room, Cable Bay’s elegant area is nestled into a green hillside overlooking the Gulf back towards the city.
With Cellar Door wine tasting starts from 11:00 am onwards, there is also a lunch option of 5-star food in the restaurant. Alternatively, the wine bar, Veranda offers outdoor tables, wonderful views, and a choice of wines by the glass.
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Photo Credit: The Wines of New Zealand