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New Zealand oldest wine region

The north island region of Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's oldest wine region and second largest, boasting plenty of sunshine and a temperate climate producing plenty of robust, high-quality wines. These ideal conditions make this region New Zealand's capital of the full-bodied red wine, producing 88% of all Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah grapes.

That being said, Chardonnay stands tall here, delivering rich and complex wines that stand the age of time, yet drink beautiful young. They are opulent and mineral, with focused acidity that makes the wine seem like they go for an eternity. There is plenty here to offer Chardonnay fans the world over.

There are over 70 wineries and an abundance of cellar doors where you can discover these cracking Chardonnays alongside the world-class Bordeaux style red blends and cool climate, yet generous Syrah. There are also some excellent Pinots here that sit alongside some less common alternative varieties, such as Tempranillo, Touriga National, Malbec, and Marsanne.

A great place to start is Te Mata, one of New Zealand's oldest wineries, founded in 1896 and still one of its best. The Coleraine Bordeaux blend is recognised as one of the nation's finest wines. Head further inland to the Gimblett Gravels, a dry riverbed sub-region that's overflowing with fantastic wine. Well-draining soils and ancient riverbed gravels that retain heat to be released during the cool night, work together to produce intensely characterful reds that will subjugate you.

The consistent sunny conditions are ideal for outdoor activities, such as cycling or hiking the Te Mata Peak, which delivers exceptional views of the bay. The Waimarama beach and Redwood forest are also not to be missed, as is the Maraetotara Falls. And for the golfing tragic, don't miss a round at Cape Kidnappers.

Hawke's Bay - Wine & Gourmet Odyssey
NZ$199
Savour some of Hawke’s Bay’s internationally acclaimed wine and food on this fabulous Odyssey. Relax where art meets science and learn how wine evolves from vine to glass. Travel through the country’s oldest winemaking region and taste award winning wines from the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels area. Learn about Wine & Food Matching while indulging in a platter with the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, breads, dips and more. Wine Tasting 4 Wineries  Gourmet Platter at top winery restaurant (Approximately 3.45pm)  Sightseeing with Fully Guided Commentary  Learn how wine evolves from the vine to the glass
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Hawke's Bay - Odyssey Experience
NZ$299
After lunch visit a mixture of Hawke’s Bay’s boutique and medium sized wineries and learn how wine evolves from
 the vine to the glass on a smaller scale (dependent on health and safety regulations and availability), a great contrast to the larger production winery from the morning. Taste award winning wines from NZ’s most prestigious wine growing district the Gimblett Gravels. Finish with a gourmet platter at an award winning winery. Indulge in the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, olives, breads and dips.   Wine Tasting 6 Wineries Fully Guided Tour of the Church Road Winery Visit NZ’s only Wine Museum & taste in the Tom McDonald Cellar Lunch with Wine @ Mission Estate (1 main course & 1 Glass of Wine) Sightseeing with Fully Guided Commentary Vine to Glass Experience (learn how wine evolves from vine to glass) Gourmet Platter at 4pm
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Estate Wine Tasting
NZ$15
Four Estate wines served as a seated & guided tasting. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Estate & Reserve Tastings
NZ$15
Four Estate & two Reserve wines served as a seated & guided tasting. Tasting fee waived on purchases of $50+ Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Cellar Door Tasting
NZ$10
Be guided through a tasting of six of their current-release wines.  Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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