5 Kiwi wineries to add to your Bucket List
One of the best birthday, wedding or anniversary gift experiences could be a visit to one of the amazing wineries that pepper Aotearoa. Or if you're looking for a bridal shower, baby shower or stag do location, you can't go past a winery.
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Pegasus Bay, Canterbury
Established, owned and operated by the Donaldson family since the 1970s, Pegasus Bay has earned a strong reputation, both nationally and globally, for its viticulture and cuisine. The vineyards are located in North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley, which enjoys prolonged ripening seasons thanks to its sheltered nature and proximity to the sea. Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are among its award-winning productions, and the winery’s highly acclaimed restaurant is known for creating simple dishes that aptly complement its wines.
Brancott Estate, Marlborough
Brancott Estate is world famous for creating the Marlborough region’s first ever Sauvignon Blanc in the 1970s. By the 1980s, the winery was ready to bring New Zealand’s wine industry onto the global stage, ultimately heading abroad to compete — and win — the prestigious Marquis de Goulaine trophy at the 21st International Wine & Spirit Competition. Wine tastings offer a glimpse of this interesting history while introducing its visitors to some of the terrains that make this area of the South Island such a great place to plant the grape varietal that started it all.
Church Road Winery, Hawke's Bay
The Church Road cellar is named after pioneer Kiwi winemaker Tom McDonald. Which is apt, since the Hawke’s Bay area has a wine producing history that goes back more than 150 years. Stop in and indulge in a wine tasting and cheese plate at this charming vineyard. Church Road wines have developed a delicate complexity over time as opposed to relying on basic oak and fruit flavours alone.
If you were going to own a winery, you’d be hard-pressed (no pun intended) to find a more beautiful spot than Rippon. They’re Wanaka’s oldest winery and have been run by the same family for five generations. This means that its master winemakers have their technique down pat when it comes to producing excellent wines. If you want to try a real cracker of a wine that isn’t a pinot noir, pop the cork on a bottle of their 2012 gewürztraminer. It’s the perfect companion to a good bit of New Zealand fresh shellfish and will get you fizzing!
Felton Road, Central Otago
Pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay are the main orders of the day at Felton Road. Their multiple vineyards are based in Central Otago. This is very much pinot noir country, and the pinot coming out of Felton Road is fantastic. The Block 3 2015 vintage has been lauded by many critics, and you only need to have a swig to realise why.
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