We specialise in planning food and wine focused tours of Hawke's Bay.
$110.00 per person, 12.30pm - 5pm
"A fun and educational tour"
Join Grape Escape on a fun filled wine tasting afternoon in the sun driving through absolutely stunning scenery. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of this regions fantastic wine. We will visit four to five wineries and enjoy a cheese platter at one of the wineries. You will taste around 30 different wines including the main varieties, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Pinot Gris, Viognier and the lesser known aromatics such as Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
$125.00 per person, 11am - 5pm (6 hours). Lunch is extra cost
Join us on a fun filled Grape Escape in the sun driving through absolutely stunning scenery. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of this regions fantastic wine.
We will visit five to six wineries and stop at the second winery for lunch (at your cost) and later for dessert enjoy a light cheese platter in the grounds of one of the wineries. You will taste around 30 different wines including the main varieties, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Pinot Gris, Viognier and the lesser known aromatics such as Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
Duration: 6 Hours 11am - 5pm
$995 .00 for 2 people
Departs 10:00 am - Returns 5:00 pm
A tour designed for those serious about wine that are looking for a more intimate experience of the regions wineries. Wine education, regional history and knowledge of the finest restaurant food in the region are all a part of our service. Taste classic red varieties such as Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. Hawke's Bay vintners are also renowned for such white varieties as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Viognier. Semillon and Riesling are generally found in Noble desert wines. Depending on availability you may also taste a sherry, ports and desert reds.
Your tour begins from your accommodation where you will pick up in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. We travel out to Church Road for a fine wine tasting of the 3 Classic Tom wines. We then continue along the Tuki Tuki river valley route undoubtedly one of the most scenic pastoral and vineyard drives in New Zealand. People often compare this area to Tuscany.
Next stop Craggy Range where you will enjoy there wonderful wines along with The Prestige series of wines with amazing views of the Eastern side of Te Mata Peak.
We then continue on to Black Barn where you will enjoy a two course lunch with sweeping views of the Heretaunga Plains
After lunch we will drive to top of Te Mata Peak elevation 399 meters. Te Mata is short for Te Mata-o-Rongokako the face of the giant. You will hear more about this giant in stories told as we travel. From the top of Te Mata you will enjoy amazing 360 degree views of the Heretaunga Plains. Look out on orchards and vineyards on the plains to forestry, sheep and cattle farming on the surrounding hills. The formations of these hills and lower plains were created by glacial activity during the last ice age, and create an amazing sense of awe. The peak is on the AA list of 101 things Kiwis must see in New Zealand.
We leave the peak and travel out to the wineries of the Red Metal, Gimblett Gravels sub regions visiting, Ashridge in the Red Metal triangle followed by Trinity Hill to taste Homage Syrah if available. The focus of these two wineries is on Syrah and Bordeaux style wines.
We then drive back to Napier
WINE TASTING HIGHLIGHTS
Some wines are dependent on availability
Wine Tour Half: Departs 12:30 pm, Returns 5.00 pm
Wine & Dine Tour: Departs 11:00 am, Returns 5:00 pm, winery lunch additional cost
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