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Day Wine Trail Hawke's Bay To Marlborough
note this video includes an extra day Jet Boating in Hanmer Springs
1: Napier (Hawke's Bay)
Maori Welcome and Vineyard Tour
day with a drive to the top of Te
Mata Peak taking in panoramic
views of Hawke's Bay and are greeted with a Powhiri (Maori Welcome) by
Mid morning we visit
Range winery for a tour of their winery and a barrel tasting.
travel back out to the Gimblet
and the Western Plains and dine at the Te Awa Farm Winery and
afternoon meet Kingsley Tobin of
Kingsley Estate renowned for
Bordeaux style Gimblett Gravel wines. Kingsley uses organic methods to
form the basis of an overall quality focus. Low yields and hand
harvesting also contribute to the intensity of his wines.
the secrets of the Gimblet Gravels with John and Rosemary O'Connor
owners of the Matariki
Winery home of gold medal
winning wines such as Matariki Quintology a blend of five varietals.
Domus wine maker Evert Nijzink
consistently produces outstanding Bordeaux blends along with fantastic
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's.
Hill famous for Chardonnay and
Bordeaux blends. This winery is at the forefront of experimenting with
new varietals such as Pinot Gris and Tempranillo which both have a
great future at this winery and in the Gimblet Gravels District.
tonight will be at the Terroir Restaurant Craggy Range.
2: Napier (Hawke's Bay)
This morning will start with an escorted walk with Clarence Bertram St
John Fitz Montague through the city of Napier Art Deco Capital of the
World. Including visits to private homes built and furnished in the
classic Art Deco style.
afternoon is yours. Choose from a range of activities available.
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
3: Martinborough (Wairarapa)
The Martinborough Experience
Depart Napier after breakfast and arrive Martinborough mid day, staying
at Aylstone Lodge.
Martinborough boasts a unique wine village consisting of over twenty
boutique vineyards many within easy walking distance of each other.
Margaret and Tim Coney of Coney Wines famous for there Pizzicato Pinot
Noir, taste their fantastic Rallentando Riesling's ranging from
extremely dry 0.5 grams of residual sugar to the 9.6 grams of residual
sugar Ragtime Riesling.
Jill Fraser of Murdoch
James Estate will introduce you
to their fantastic range of wines watch out for their Pinot Noir its
delicious. Try their medal winning Cabernet Franc, while touring the
underground barrel caves.
Rise, a tiny vineyard, producing wines of great character. Meet Sean
Brown, son of founder, Willie Brown.
vineyards, like Martinborough and
Ata Rangi Vineyards, are also
we will be staying and dining at Aylstone Lodge right in the heart of
the Martinborough vineyards. Our Chef will prepare a stunning meal
matched with local wines, the emphasis being Pinot Noir.
Herzog Culinary Class
This morning we travel on to Wellington to catch our flight to Picton
in the Marlborough Sounds. From Picton we drive to our accommodation the
Vintners Retreat in the heart of
Marlborough wine country.
have time to relax in the grounds of the retreat or you can venture out
to 4 wineries within 5 minutes walking distance of the retreat.
afternoon we arrive Herzog
where Head chef Louis Schindler will be delighted to unlock the secrets
of gourmet cuisine for enthusiastic novices. This hands-on workshop is
a unique opportunity for all foodies to learn about the preparation and
presentation of a fresh market 3-course gourmet menu that can easily be
put into practice when entertaining at home. The class will be
conducted in an informative and entertaining way in Herzog's state of
the art European kitchen.
dine at Herzog
5: Blenheim (Marlborough)
Vineyard Tour Marlborough
Mid morning we visit Foxes
Island, a family owned wine
company which produces
small volumes of premium cool climate varietals from the very heart of
Marlborough, New Zealand wine growing region.
Owner and Winemaker John Belsham is a perfectionist and his wines
passion with which he practices his trade. The philosophy behind Foxes
Wines is one of quality and the pursuit of complexity in fine wine
each release is of very limited production.
and Claire established Huia
Vineyards Ltd, a small private company committed to the production of
premium and classical Marlborough wines.
Huia is focused on hand crafting fine unique wines expressing the
richness of Marlborough grapes from the vineyard through to the table
.Blending modern and traditional techniques Huia makes seven premium
wine varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer,
Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Vintage Huia Brut.
Next stop Cloudy
Bay. No other Kiwi wine has
found such a following, continually the most sought after Sauvignon
Blanc in the world. Cloudy Bay was masterminded by David Hohnen and
realised by Kevin Judd. Taste the well balanced Sauvignon that has put
the winery on the world map in such a short time.
Hatsch Kalberer has formed a dynamic team at
Fromm to produce exceptionally
full-flavoured wines. The emphasis may be on Pinot Noir, but he
produces an eclectic range of wines, with Sangiovese in the pipeline.
Dinner tonight will be at Herzog
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