Taste, passionately made, great wines and learn of the areas unique wine growing conditions.
We take a 20 minute drive to visit the first winery, driving through tree-lined avenues surrounded by the abundant fruit producing orchards of the Heretaunga plains. Along the way, learn about the regions different grape varieties and a bit of the local history.
We will be vising a couple of wineries in this tour. Upon reaching our first winery, we will take the time to walk amongst the vines and learn about the unique growing conditions of the Gimblet Gravels district. Taste classic red varieties likeSyrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Pinot Noir.
The area is also famous for white wine variants like Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Semillon, Pinot Gris and Viognier. You will also have an opportunity to sample and enjoy various cheeses from around New Zealand.
Black Barn or Elephant Hill wineries – both offer great lunch options and if you desire you are welcome to enjoy these here. (Optional)
We then travel, through the village of Clive and head inland, towards Havelock North, passing through many orchards of the Hawke’s Bay region. Hawke’s Bay is the fruit capital of New Zealand, producing the majority of New Zealand’s stone and pip fruit. We will have ample opportunity, throughout the day, to stop at roadside stalls and sample local produce.
We, then, travel out of Napier, towards the coast and continue along the Tuki Tuki river valley route – undoubtedly one of the most scenic pastoral and vineyard drives in New Zealand – this area is often compared to Tuscany, in Italy.
We, then hit the Coast Road and head towards Cape Kidnappers, home to the largest and most accessible Gannet colony in the world. This 13 hectare reserve, includes the Saddle and Black Reef gannet colonies. Both are closed to public access; however the Black Reef colony can be viewed from the beach.
The drive to Cape Kidnappers allows you to see spectacular geological cliff formations on the coast.
We the turn back towards Napier and its Art deco Buildings to finish our tour.
Take home great tasting wines and memories.
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