Tasting Tours & Charters

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Winery Tours

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There's something really special about visiting the terroir where grapes are grown & hearing the passion in the wine-maker's voice as he explains the special characteristics of his wines.
NZ wines are stunning, and it's well-worth travelling to experience & savour them. Come on one of our regional winery tours or choose the destination, yourself, for your group & we'll suggest venues for your consideration. We guarantee you'll have a great time! A full itinerary is available, on request, for all of our winery tours.

Day One - 26 October:


We will collect you from your accommodation or home, departing Tauranga by 9.00am, stopping in Opotoki briefly for refreshments.

On arrival in Gisborne, Paul Tietjen of TWWines will 000show us around his vineyard and given a wine presentation.

Following this, we will travel to the beautiful grounds of Millton Wines Winery for a dedicated presentation and served mixed platters to share.

This winery is renowned as a world leader in organic wine. Wines are produced under three labels: Crazy By Nature,The Millton Vineyard, & the premium Clos de Ste Anne. The Millton Chenin Blanc is thought to be one of the finest examples of the variety, outside its place of origin, the Loire valley, France.


We return to check in to our accommodation, The Portside Hotel.
Day Two - 27 October:

After leaving our accommodation at 9.00, we will visit The Farmers Market, where you can enjoy a wonderful range of fresh produce, as well as Hihi Wines' range of bubbles, Whites, Reds & Port..

We will proceed to Bushmere Estate for a matched tasting & lunch. The owners transformed a kiwifruit & citrus pack-house into the cellar door for the Bushmere Estate wine label in 2004 and the first winery restaurant in Gisborne.

A comment in Cuisine Wine country 2015 was: Wine-maker Amelia Riwai who has been with Bushmere since its inception, produces an elegant Chardonnay & Gewurtztraminer. For something a little more luxurious, try the Diavolo Rosso - a rich, fortified sweet red, perfectly matched with a chocolate truffle."

We will complete the day at Wrights Winery, before returning to our accommodation. This winery has just been crowned by Cuisine magazine, as having among the Top Five Chardonnays in NZ. 
Over the last 3 years, the Wright's label has changed focus.
"In 2014 we decided we wanted to be recognised as New Zealand's premium chardonnay producer. We have one of the best chardonnay blocks in Gisborne from the Ormond Valley Appellation, which has consistently shown it produces premium chardonnays. Our wine is barrel-aged for nine months in new oak, a special selection of oak that we have fine-tuned over the years... Our chardonnay is produced from Mendoza grapes, harvested at 25 brix, low yields with outstanding quality of grapes... hand-harvested and crafted.".

DAY 3 - 28 October
Our day will start at 10.00 with a tasting of the quality wines at Matawhero Wines. Our tasting will be accompanied by gormet platters (- a selection of cheeses, salami, pastrami, smoked salmon, caper-berries, olives, gherkins, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, feta & hummus, served with fresh ciabatta bread & crackers).
This vineyard was founded over 45 years ago & its owners are regaded as pioneers of NZ wine, especially Gewurtztraminer in the 70's. The Queen, herself, enjoyed a tipple of this!
Cuisine magazine commented that:
Matawhero has enjoyed recent success with their varietals but the modern-style chardonnay is probaly one of the most popular. An ecellent new Malbec... is a must-try - intensein flavour, rich in colour & divine on the palate. We will move on to Spade Oak Wineswher we will be given a preaentation  of wines by Steve Voysey. a former Head Winemaker for Montana Wines, who has produced blends which will be totally new to your palate. Steve has grown grapes in Gisborne for 29 years, &has plantings of emergent varieties such as Albarino & St Laurent.
We will leave at approximately 2.00pm & return to Tauranga.

COST: $978.00pp.($820.00pp. twin share)
$85.00 deposit to be paid on booking. Remainder by 25 September. Deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable.
Includes door-to- door transport from Tauranga/ Papmoa/Mt Maunganui, accommodation,tastings, platters, lunch
Does not include breakfast or dinner. our accommodation has cooking facilities in its rooms & is within walking distance to restaurants.



If you and your friends wish to have a private winery tour, simply contact us with the region to which you wish to travel, the number in your group. any special requirements and dates that you wish to travel. We will send a suggested itinerary, with costs, for your perusal. Although our set tours travel ex-Tauranga, for exclusive, specially requested tours we can pick your group up/return you to other points such as Auckland International Airport.

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