Gisborne Winery Tour 26-28 October

Savour the stunning wines of the Chardonnay Capital

Three wonderful days, enriched with wine, food & convivial company!

Come with us to Gisborne - sometimes called the Chardonnay Capital - and Gisbordeaux.

Keep up with some of the best and most innovative wineries in New Zealand.

Day One - 26 October:

We will collect you from your accommodation or home, departing Tauranga by 9.00am, stopping in Opotoki briefly for refreshments.

On arrival in Gisborne, Paul Tietjen of TWWines will show us around his vineyard and give a wine presentation.

Following this, we will travel to the beautiful grounds of Millton Wines Winery for a dedicated presentation, and be served mixed platters to share.

This winery is renowned as a world leader in organic wine. Wines are produced under three labels: Crazy By Nature, The Millton Vineyard, & the premium Clos de Ste Anne. The Millton Chenin Blanc is thought to be one of the finest examples of the variety, outside its place of origin, the Loire valley, France.

We return to check in to our accommodation, The Portside Hotel.

Day Two - 27 October:

After leaving our accommodation at 9.00, we will visit The Farmers Market, where you can enjoy a wonderful range of fresh produce, as well as Hihi Wines' range of bubbles, Whites, Reds & Port.

We will proceed to Bushmere Estate for a matched tasting & lunch. The owners transformed a kiwifruit & citrus pack-house into the cellar door for the Bushmere Estate wine label in 2004 and the first winery restaurant in Gisborne.

A comment in Cuisine Wine country 2015 was: Wine-maker Amelia Riwai who has been with Bushmere since its inception, produces an elegant Chardonnay & Gewurtztraminer. For something a little more luxurious, try the Diavolo Rosso - a rich, fortified sweet red, perfectly matched with a chocolate truffle."

We will complete the day at Wrights Winery, before returning to our accommodation. This winery has just been crowned by Cuisine magazine, as having among the Top Five Chardonnays in NZ.
Over the last 3 years, the Wright's label has changed focus.
"In 2014 we decided we wanted to be recognised as New Zealand's premium chardonnay producer. We have one of the best chardonnay blocks in Gisborne from the Ormond Valley Appellation, which has consistently shown it produces premium chardonnays. Our wine is barrel-aged for nine months in new oak, a special selection of oak that we have fine-tuned over the years... Our chardonnay is produced from Mendoza grapes, harvested at 25 brix, low yields with outstanding quality of grapes... hand-harvested and crafted.".

Day Three - 28 October:

Our day will start at 10.00 am with a tasting of the quality wines at Matawhero Wines. Our tasting will be accompanied by gourmet platters ( - a selection of cheeses, salami, pastrami, smoked salmon, caper-berries, olives, gherkins, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, feta & hummus, served fresh ciabatta bread & crackers.

This vineyard was founded over 45 years ago and its owners are regarded as pioneers of NZ wine, especially Gewurtztraminer, in the 70's. The Queen, herself, enjoyed a tipple of this!

Cuisine magazine commented that: "Matawhero has enjoyed recent success with their varietals but the modern style chardonnay is probably one of the most popular. An excellent new Malbec... is a must try - intense in flavour, rich in colour and divine on the palate."

We will move on to Spade Oak Wines where we will be given a presentation of wines by

Steve Voysey, a former Head Winemaker for Montana. Steve has produced blends which will be totally new to your palate. He has grown grapes in Gisborne for 29 years and has plantings of emergent varieties such as Albarino & St Laurent.

We will leave at approximately 2.00pm and return to Tauranga,

Gisborne Winery Tour

Cost: $978.00 pp. ($820.00 pp. Twin share)

$85.00 deposit to be paid on booking; remainder by 25 September. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferable. Should the tour, for some reason, not proceed, all monies paid will be refunded,

Includes: Door-to-door transport, accommodation, tastings, lunch, platters.

Account for payment: 01 0322 0214423 00

Does not include breakfast or dinner. Our accommodation has cooking facilities in its rooms and is within walking distance to restaurants.

Ph: (07) 5441383