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Wine tasting in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

July 30, 2016

After a great night’s sleep at the AirBnB property in Napier, Jeremy and I packed up, said goodbye to the hosts and drove off to the Hastings Farmer’s Market. We were hoping it would be great, but it was a little bit of a let down. Not because the things they were selling weren’t good, it was more because it was a lot smaller than we expected. But we did manage to try quite a few different foods and products.

Farmers Market

We didn’t stay for too long. When we were finished there, we drove off to a couple of vineyards to try some wine. The first vineyard we visited was Church Road Winery. The place looked pretty amazing on the inside, and they were telling us about how they host quite a few weddings there. I could see why.

The lady who assisted me with the tastings was super lovely. She explained each wine in detail and even gave me a couple of extra samples of wines that weren’t part of the tasting I chose. I ended up buying a bottle of Church Road McDonald Series Tempranillo, which is a Spanish style red wine. When you bought a bottle, you didn’t have to pay for the tastings, so I thought that was a pretty great deal!

Church Road
Church Road2
Church Road3
Church Road4

Once we finished up there, we went a few metres down the road to the next winery, which was Mission Estate. I had recently bought a bottle of Mission Estate Shiraz, which I quite liked, so I was excited to try some of their other wines.

The tasting there cost $5, but if you paid the $5 you also got a wine glass to take home, so I thought that was worth it! I didn’t enjoy the tasting as much as the first unfortunately. At Church Road, I got to pick the wines I wanted to taste, but at Mission Estate, they had picked out the 6 wines, which were all different types. They weren’t bad, but it was just a bit strange mixing all the different tastes.

Mission Estate
Mission Estate1
Mission Estate2

When we left there I felt I’d had enough wine for the day. I don’t know how others do more than a few wineries. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to go on a wine tour. I actually felt a bit sick after, but I think that may have been because of the mixing. I felt really tipsy too, which is strange because the tastings were quite small, and probably didn’t amount to more than 1,5 glasses. But again, it was probably because of the mixing of red and white wines.

We tried to go for a massage after, but the place we went to told us they no longer do massages, so we decided to start driving back to Wellington instead. After all, we had a 4 hour drive ahead of us. It was a really great weekend, and I really recommend Napier for those of you who haven’t been there.

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  • Tori

    This looks like such a wonderful time! Also, beautiful pictures! 🙂

    July 30, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thank you! It was lovely. 🙂

      July 30, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Barbara

    It is a great part of NZ to visit. We’ll be heading up there for a weekend in September.

    July 30, 2016 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Sophie

      It’s beautiful up there! Perfect for a weekend getaway. 🙂

      July 30, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Les Barr

    There is about 4 different Winery’s around my area here. Since I’m not much of a wine drinker, I’ve never been to any of them. I’m told that they are nice to visit and you get samples of every wine they have. Like you stated, you don’t get much. They want you to buy the whole bottle! Seems you had a great time.

    August 1, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Understandable that you haven’t been to them if you’re not a wine drinker. Although, a lot of wineries also do lunches and dinners that can be pretty amazing, so could be worth visiting anyway! 🙂

      August 1, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

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