We round up SIX of the must visit wineries in New Zealand for kiwis to enjoy this summer.
From sunny Waiheke too sunny, Hawkes Bay – there’s something for everyone when it comes to wine here in New Zealand.
We put the spotlight on SIX worth adding to your summer calendar. Without further ado…
1. STONY RIDGE
Waiheke Island is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches, and is also renowned for producing great red wine. Stonyridge is one of Waihekes gold standard wineries. Hosting the famous Highlife party over New Years eve and producing Bordeaux like wines right here in New Zealand.
Where: Waiheke Island
What: The best summer winiery to enjoy wine and good food with friends in the sun.
Why: Steve the founder and yoga fanatic is usually there to help you have a great time.
“I say two things about wine. If it’s free, it normally tastes all right, and after 10 o’clock at night you can serve anything. “I haven’t got the palate to appreciate a $1000 bottle of wine. That’s a very rare skill.” – Richard Riddiford, Palliser Estate. The man who brought Pinot too New Zealand.
What: Palliser will give you a $1000 bottle of wine for $45.
Why: Palliser put Martinborough on the map for wine.
The gold standard of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. The wine company that turned sheep farmers into wealthy wine growers. New Zealand's most famous wine.
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
What: The most renown Sav in the world.
Why: Go taste the wine that put Malborough on the map.
4. FORREST ESTATE
The key people behind Forrest are Doctors. The Doctors established their first vineyard at Renwick in 1988. For them, winemaking is 'a perfect blend of art and science'. "Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wines 'soul'.
What: The Doctors Riesling is one the worlds best.
Why: Probably the only place you will taste wine made by a doctor.
No New Zealand fine dining experience would be truly complete without a glass or two of award-winning pinot noir –Straight from Central Otago, in the south. The perfect match for succulent New Zealand lamb.
What: Also known as the 'Valley of the Vines', is one of the most scenic wine growing areas you'll ever encounter.
Why: Close to New Zealand's world famous, Queenstown.
Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851, by pioneering French Missionaries is New Zealand's oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine.
Where: Hawkes Bay
Wine: Red blends
What: The founders of wine in New Zealand.
Why: Set in Hawkes Bay. Producing some of the best food and wine in New Zealand.