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.
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
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
Join us and discover the best Central Otago has to offer. Experience a tasting at New Zealand’s only wine cave, have an à la carte gourmet lunch at one of the country’s top winery restaurants and after visiting more wineries in the afternoon, indulge yourself at our favourite stop with ‘Pizza and Pinot’ (or a craft beer). • Wine tasting at 6 Central Otago wineries • Gourmet à la carte lunch • A cross section of wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell or Bannockburn • A tasting in the wine cave at Gibbston Valley • Pizza and Pinot (or craft beer) later in the afternoon • A wine history of Central Otago and New Zealand • Sightseeing and fully guided commentary • Visit a Pinot Noir vineyard • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
A fabulous half day full of wine tasting, sightseeing, and adventure in this youthful and exciting wine region. Learning about wine can be fun when you get amongst the vines and discover how the wine evolves from the vine to the glass. • Wine tasting at 4 awesome wineries • A cross-section of wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell or Bannockburn • Pizza and Pinot (or craft beer) later in the afternoon • A wine history of Central Otago and New Zealand • Sightseeing and fully guided commentary • Visit a Pinot Noir vineyard • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
Savour some of Central Otago’s internationally acclaimed wine and food on this fabulous odyssey. Relax where art meets science in one of the world’s most scenic wine regions. Match premium wines with superb local produce at one of the region’s top winery restaurants. Platters include local produce such as cheese, meats, seafood, breads, dips & more. Wine tasting at a minimum of four wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn Gourmet platter at top winery restaurant (approximately 3:45pm) Sightseeing with fully guided commentary including the historic Kawarau Gorge, home of the world’s first Bungy jump Learn how wine evolves from the vine to the glass
Discover the best Central Otago has to offer as you treat yourself to a day of indulgence. If wine and food is your passion, then this tour has it all. Experience a tasting in New Zealand’s only wine cave and take a behind-the-scenes look at a vineyard, then dine at one of the country’s top winery restaurants. You’ll see some of the most amazing scenery in the country while indulging in exquisite local gourmet produce and world-class wines. Wine tasting at a minimum of six wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn Behind the scenes tour of Gibbston Valley vineyard and New Zealand’s only wine cave À la carte lunch with matching wine at one of the region’s top winery restaurants such as Amisfield, Mount Difficulty, Gibbston Valley or Carrick Sightseeing with fully guided commentary including the historic Kawarau Gorge, home of the world’s first Bungy jump Gourmet platter at top winery restaurant (approximately 3:45pm)
Enjoy a tutored wine tasting in the Cellar Door, where they also offer a range of wines for purchase, including some rare vintages. Choose from one of the tasting menus: PROVENANCE TASTING MENU The wines in our Provenance tasting reflect key regional varieties and our signature vineyards. INNOVATION TASTING MENU The wines in our Innovation tasting reflect unique varieties and winemaking techniques. PRESTIGE TASTING MENU The wines in our Prestige tasting reflect our premium quality wines.
Immerse yourself in the past, present and future of Church Road with our Legacy and Winery Experience. Learn more about our winemaking philosophy as you sample some of our pre-release wines, enjoy the barrel halls, caves and historical underground museum finishing with an in depth wine tasting. DURATION - 1 hour
This is your opportunity to discover the passion and innovation of our winemaking team. With glass in hand, sample multiple ways that we are using grapes for more than just the production of wine. From pressed juice to balsamic vinegar and barrel aged spirit, enjoy an informative behind the scenes look at our world of wine and the adaptability of this versatile fruit. The experience concludes with a guided tasting of our award-winning range of wines. DURATION 1.5 hours
Join us for a tasting of our current release Craggy Range wines from the Family Collection. You'll enjoy a taste of four latest release wines guided by a member of the Cellar Door team. $10 per person (refunded if wine purchased) Complimentary for Prestige & Loyalty Club members and three guests
There is always a wide selection available for tasting. They may even have a bottle of something “not on the list” for you to try. You can purchase from our full range of award winning wines which includes our classic varieties as well as some that are “unique” to Trinity Hill, Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Touriga.