Auckland Region Wine Tours
Why Fine Wine Tours?
Phil Parker’s Fine Wine Tours Auckland is the natural choice for personal and private Auckland wine tasting tours – Waiheke Island Auckland wine tours, Kumeu Auckland Wine tours. Also Auckland group wine tours plus Auckland ‘foodie tours’ – Auckland food & wine tours. Private Auckland wine tours also available. Cruise Ship Shore Excursion specialist for small groups.
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Historic Kumeu region
Located 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Auckland. Croatian immigrants began making wine here in the early 20th century and now Auckland has become a huge part of the wine scene in New Zealand. This region takes in Kumeu, Huapai and Waimauku, and is easily reached from Auckland City, down State Highway 16. Once at the end of the motorway it’s instant countryside with vineyards, pastureland and spectacular coastline. Enjoy an Auckland wine tasting experience in historic Kumeu.
Back in 1978 Kim and Jeanette Goldwater had the vision to establish the island’s very first vineyard. Waiheke is now a premium, million-dollar-plus real estate zone, and one of the trendiest boutique wine regions in New Zealand. A tourist Mecca in summer, Waiheke’s wine, food and stunning Hauraki Gulf views draws both local and international visitors. Enjoy an Auckland wine tasting experience in boutique Waiheke wine region.
A 50-minute drive from Auckland city, Matakana’s sunny north-facing hillsides produce ripe red wines from varieties such as Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Pinotage. The white grapes Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Gris are also doing extremely well. Most wineries have food available, and the whole area has many upmarket B&Bs, cafes, and restaurants, plus a honey centre, chocolate boutique and Morris & James Ceramics.
New Zealand’s wine history
The Far North and west Auckland are where some of the first wines were made in New Zealand. In 1819 Anglican missionary the Reverend Samuel Marsden planted the very first vines in the rich soils of Kerikeri and in the late 1830s Official British Resident James Busby produced the first recorded example of wine made in New Zealand.
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