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Take a jaunt through some of the best wineries in Hawke's Bay with Prinsy's Tours. They offer a fun and flexible service to small groups of wine aficionados and novices alike.
Visit some of the best wineries
You will be met at your accommodation by your guide who will drive you through the gorgeous countryside of New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region. Half day tours with a cheese board and full day tours are on offer.
You will visit four or five internationally recognised wineries where you will take part in a series of comprehensive wine tastings with plain English explanations from your tour guide. Lunch (at your own expense) will be at one of the wineries.
Wineries on the tour may include Mission Estate, Craggy Range, Church Road, Trinity Hill, Te Mata Estate and Elephant Hill to name a few.
The final destination is Te Mata Peak where you can bask in a vinous glow and put your day in perspective with a 360 ° bird’s eye view of the entire region — from the Plains to the Pacific Ocean
Red or white?
New Zealand’s wines are world famous and in demand, although for many people, and many supermarket shelves, New Zealand wine=Sauvignon Blanc. And the very aromatic, fruit driven and quite acidic “Kiwi style Savvy” at that.
This is a shame. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s most widely planted varietal, it can also be argued that it is the least significant when compared to some of the truly outstanding and world class wines being produced by innovative, quality obsessed winemakers with an intimate understanding of terroir and tradition.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with the Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Brancott and Villa Maria wines that we are familiar with, the real pleasure comes from finding the wines that you’ll rarely, if ever, see outside of New Zealand, and meeting and chatting to the people who made them.