Hawkes Bay is New Zealand's oldest and second largest wine region boasting 150 vineyards with beginnings in 1851 and a reputation as a quality producer of world class wines. It is the largest premium red wine producing region in the country with over 80% of the national vintage for both Cabernet Merlot and Syrah. Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot varieties make up 50% of the total annual vintage.
Driving out into the picturesque Hawkes Bay countryside, your first vineyard visit and wine tasting will be to a premium Southern Hemisphere wine producer established in 1896, still family owned and producing internationally recognised handmade wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. The Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea Cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and Zara Viognier.
On completion of your visit we will visit your second boutique premium winery located in the same area for wine tasting and lunch. The vineyards artisan winemaking philosophy produces wines of depth, character and cellaring ability that have been rewarded with a string of accolades. From award winning Bordeaux style reds varieties –Merlot, Cabinet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and to award Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc white wines.
Their limited release wines are only sold exclusively through their cellar door and they practice elective picking to ensure optimum quality and ripeness. The wineries is the perfect place to spend over lunch in the heart of the vineyard surrounded by vines on the large generous veranda with views right out across the region.
After a relaxing lunch, we will depart for a scenic drive up to the summit of Te Mata Peak in Havelock North, with stunning views across the plains before driving back to Napier arriving late afternoon.
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