A vineyard visit is a great way to spend a summer’s day with family and friends. It’s also a great for a work team event or group function with colleagues. We’re spoilt for choice in New Zealand when it comes to quality vineyards, but the team here has managed to narrow the list down a bit.
There are some fantastic vineyards and wineries outside the main centres. Here are a few that we particularly like.
Mystery Creek Wines
Need to celebrate a special occasion? Why not take a drive to Hamilton. The Mystery Creek cellar door is open for tastings by appointment, allowing you to sample their range of award winning wines on offer. The restaurant is located within a gorgeous converted wooden homestead and offers dinner Wednesday to Sunday and lunch on the weekend. Great open fire too.
Kirkpatrick Estate Winery or known as KEW, is one of a selected few vineyard and winery site combinations in the Gisborne area. Wine tastings and food platters are available for purchase in the weekends during winter and seven days throughout the summer months. You can also take advantage of onsite tours of the vineyard and winery.
Napier / Hastings
Popular for weddings and corporate functions, one of New Zealand’s oldest wine makers, Mission Estate in Napier is just beautiful. With amazing breathtaking views, their restaurant is the perfect location for enjoying the Hawke’s Bay sun and a glass or two of their award winning wine.
Sacred Hill Wines
This vineyard is just gorgeous. The cellar door is open for group tastings by appointment only, so be sure to phone ahead and book to fully appreciate the sampling of top quality multi award winning wine.
Brancott Visitor Centre
A trip to the Marlborough district wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Brancott – (formally Montana Wines) Visitor Centre. There are three different tour options on offer – allowing you to completely soak up all the glory of the winery in action. You can sample the full range of Brancott wines at the cellar door and enjoy a delicious meal in the onsite Restaurant.
Grab a dose of Southern hospitality at Northburn Station – a sheep station, vineyard and wine producer in one! Stunning views of surrounding Central Otago sit right before your eyes, and the meals in their restaurant are supreme. The cellar door also sells the occasional white bait and meat cuts from the farm. Fantastic.
Another brilliant Otago Vineyard, the popular Mt Difficulty Cellar Door and Restaurant offers wine tastings daily with lunch from 12noon. An intimate yet relaxed feeling evokes with a full range of wines to taste, plus of course recommended suggestions to accompany your meal.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley