LUXURY WINE TOUR (6.5 Hours $995 per couple)
A tour designed for those serious about wine that are looking for a more intimate experience of the regions wineries. Wine education, regional history and knowledge of the finest restaurant food in the region are all a part of our service. Taste classic red varieties such as Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. Hawke's Bay vintners are also renowned for such white varieties as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Viognier. Semillon and Riesling are generally found in Noble desert wines. Depending on availability you may also taste a sherry, ports and desert reds.
Your tour begins from your accommodation where you will pick up in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. We travel out to Church Road for a fine wine tasting of the 3 Classic Tom wines. We then continue along the Tuki Tuki river valley route undoubtedly one of the most scenic pastoral and vineyard drives in New Zealand. People often compare this area to Tuscany.
Next stop Craggy Range where you will enjoy there wonderful wines along with The Prestige series of wines with amazing views of the Eastern side of Te Mata Peak.
We then continue on to Black Barn where you will enjoy a two course lunch with sweeping views of the Heretaunga Plains
After lunch we will drive to top of Te Mata Peak elevation 399 meters. Te Mata is short for Te Mata y Rongakako the face of the giant. You will hear more about this giant in stories told as we travel. From the top of Te Mata you will enjoy amazing 360 degree views of the Heretaunga Plains. Look out on orchards and vineyards on the plains to forestry, sheep and cattle farming on the surrounding hills. The formations of these hills and lower plains were created by glacial activity during the last ice age, and create an amazing sense of awe. The peak is on the AA list of 101 things Kiwis must see in New Zealand.
We leave the peak and travel out to the wineries of the Red Metal, Gimblett Gravels sub regions visiting, Ashridge in the Red Metal triangle followed Trinity Hill to taste Homage Syrah if available. The focus of these two wineries is on Syrah and Bordeaux style wines.
We then drive back to Napier
WINE TASTING HIGHLIGHTS
Prestige Collection, Craggy Range - Le Sol, Sophia, Le Beau Cailloux and Aroha
Tom Collection - Tom Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux Blend
Trinity Hill - The Gimblett, Homage and Touriga Port
Ashridge - Reserve Syrah
Black Barn - Chardonnay
Some wines are dependant on availability
Departs 10am and Returns 5 Pm
Includes 2 course lunch, 5 wineries,
guide and air conditioned sedan
Tour price based on 2 persons
Larger groups can be catered for
Depart Napier, Havelock or Hastings