Tour three regional wineries and sample some of the distinct vintages that have helped vault New Zealand into international prominence as a highly respected wine producer.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you will first enjoy a scenic drive into the countryside west of Auckland. Nurtured by an ideal climate, wine grapes have thrived here and have spawned numerous award-winning wineries. Your tour has you visiting three of the finest, beginning with Soljan's Estate Winery, a third-generation family-owned enterprise whose history spans two continents and three generations.
Its vineyard is planted with Pinotage, Merlot and Pinot Gris, with additional grapes coming from other New Zealand regions. You may try a glass of elegant Chardonnay with a creamy butterscotch influence, a citrus-flavored Riesling, or a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
Nearby Nobilo Winery shares many of the same attributes as Soljan's, as both were founded by Croatians and produce spectacular wines. In particular, since its founding in 1943, the internationally acclaimed Nobilo Winery has become known for its full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc and blackberry, cherry and plum-flavored Pinot Noir.
Last, you'll tour Matua Valley, a winery that began as a small, family-run business in 1974. While the first New Zealand vineyard to plant Sauvignon Blanc, Matua Valley has now expanded their offerings to include dozens of other wines, such as a fruity Syrah Viognier and a lively Pinot Noir featuring a nose full of dark berries and kalamata olives. The owners have always made it their goal to create innovative and distinguished wines and are constantly searching for new ideas to challenge the norms. This is evident in the delightful wines they lovingly produce.
Afterwards, fortified with an understanding of New Zealand wine making, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guest must be at least 21 years of age to participate in any wine tastings. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. In the event of operational conflicts, wineries of equal quality may be substituted.