First Landing Beach Resort & Villas
The Auckland region is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards. With welcoming cellar doors and delicious restaurants easily from the city centre, these are five must-visit wineries to visit when you're in the City of Sails.
This secluded winery on the southwest of Waiheke Island offers world-class Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, produced by hand with strict quality control. When you’ve finished gaping at the breathtaking views over Auckland across the sea, try their exceptional blends and award-winning food.
218 Te Whau Drive, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
This boutique Matakana vineyard produces restrained, elegant and textural wines, renowned for their Pinot Gris, Rose and Bordeaux-style red blends. Once you’ve tasted them all in the stunning, sun-drenched glass house, take a stroll along the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, which showcases 50 works by prominent New Zealand artists.
Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Warkworth
A 35 minute ferry from Auckland will take you all the way to the stone terrace of this acclaimed vineyard. Mudbrick offers cellar door tastings seven days a week, all year round and after lunch in the beautiful bistro with a sample of their excellent Chardonnay. There's also the option of staying the night in their lux accommodation, so there's no need to rush before tasting every blend.
126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Established in 1961 by owner, Managing Director and industry legend Sir George Fistonich,Villa Maria is the most awarded winery in New Zealand. Conveniently located five minutes from Auckland airport, this vineyard is a lush oasis within the surrounding industrial area and an ideal spot for a luxuriously, long lunch or pre-flight wine tasting.
118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland
The Ivicevich family has been making wine here for four generations and you can certainly taste their experience in their hand-crafted drops. Take part in a free wine tasting of West Brook’s speciality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Malbec wines then grab a cheese platter, your bottle of choice and picnic in their beautiful grounds.
215 Ararimu Valley Road, Kumeu
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