5 DAY CLASSIC WINE TRAIL - Hawkes Bay, Martinborugh, Wellington and Marlborough
Let's taste our way through three significant wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Enjoy stunning scenery, world class wine and indulgent food experiences as you journey from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island.
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for robust Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah and Chardonnay; in Wairarapa, Pinot Noir and the aromatics shine; Marlborough is of course the home of the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Stay 2 Nights - MASONIC HOTEL
This morning we explore Napier. Napier has a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture, built after much of the city was razed in the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Late morning, we drive out to Te Mata Peak through the Tuki Tuki Valley one most beautiful vineyard drives in New Zealand. The 360 degree views from Te Mata are simply amazing and look out on the fertile valley of the Heretaunga Plains.
Late morning, we visit Te Mata Estate home of Coleraine and the Bullnose Syrah.
Lunch will be at Black Barn
This afternoon we visit 2 wineries and meet with Paige and Pieter Koopman of Hopes Grove Vineyards and enjoy a tasting of their Syrah, Chardonnay and Olive Oils.
Dinner Tonight Terrôir Craggy Range
We start the day with a visit to Brookfield’s renowned for aromatic wines as well as full bodied Bordeaux blends and a hillside Syrah.
Lunch will be a picnic in the grounds of Ngatarawa Winery beside the lily pond.
This afternoon we explore the Gimblett Gravels sub region and visit 4 wineries. We meet with Lorraine Leheny & Warren Gibson of Bilancia. Bilancia is a small Hawkes' Bay producer of exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah.
We will also meet with Daniel Brennan owner of Decibel wines. Daniel will taste current and previous vintages of his single varietal Malbec
The evening is yours
Stay - MUSEUM HOTEL
This morning we drive to Martinborough and meet with Wilco Lam winemaker at Dry River Wines. Dry River are a premium producer of Martinborough Pinot Noir and aromatic wines.
Lunch today will be at Coney wines renowned for their focus on styles of Riesling
After lunch, we visit Ata Rangi before driving on to Wellington
Dinner the Balcout Bistro
Stay - ANTRIA LODGE
This morning we take a 20-minute flight to Marlborough.
Late morning, we delve into the luscious wines of Marlborough again, starting with a visit to the No1 Family Estate where you will taste vintage and non-vintage Methode.
Framingham is an exceptional boutique winery producing fruity styled Sauvignon, Alsatian style Riesling and Gewürztraminer, watch out for the new release Montepulciano. Rex and Paula Brooke Taylor established this vineyard in 1981 only to release their wines under the Framingham label in 1994.
Midday we enjoy lunch at the Alan Scott Winery
This afternoon we have left open for any requests
The evening is yours
Today we delve into the luscious wines of Marlborough starting with a visit to the No1 Family Estate where you will taste vintage and non-vintage Methode.
After lunch, we explore Renwick sub region and meet with Anna & Jason Flowerday owners of Te Whare Ra. Their 11-hectare vineyard is one of the oldest in Marlborough and is Certified Organic.
Lunch - TBC
Dog Point Vineyard is a boutique and family oriented business producing
wines with a clear point of difference. We will meet with winemaker Ivan.
We then meet with Kevin Judd owner of Greywacke Wines and the founding
winemaker of Cloudy Bay.
Dinner Tonight Herzog Degustation