New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit for many reasons. If you are a wine connoisseur, you may now have a new reason to visit the North Island. Hawke’s Bay is a very popular destination in New Zealand, due to its 200 plus wineries. Here, you can relish in great wine, as well as plenty of wine tours. It is also known as one of the oldest and second largest wine regions. You could literally spend months exploring each winery! But to make it easier, we’ve made a list of the best wineries in Hawke’s Bay when you hire a campervan.
1. Te Mata
This estate has five different sites, and is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the area. These vineyards are legally protected to preserve the character, ambience and unique viticultural heritage. Each bottle of wine is crafted on site too. So, come and see the beautiful sloping mountains and plains that make the perfect location for planting vineyards.
This small family owned vineyard is truly a treasure. Stonecraft pays special attention to the craft of making organic wine. Helping to create unique and bold flavours. The owners of the vineyard live on the Roy’s Hill with their children and their pets. The vineyard has a very special feel to it and is incredibly family orientated. Visit their wine cellar during the summer to taste their latest selections.
3. Black Barn Vineyards
Set in the midst of the beautiful hills of Te Mata, this vineyard has a wonderful location for grape growing as well as lovely views! It is also the perfect location to visit for a tour and a tasting after visiting the nearby village of Havelock North. Visit this boutique vineyard and step foot in their gorgeous barn to have a taste of their award-winning white wines and premium Bordeaux styled reds.
4. Elephant Hill
Stroll through one or all three of the vineyards of Elephant Hill and be amazed by the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Te Awanga coast. While they are steeped in tradition, they strive to always be improving their technology and their knowledge of the science that is needed to create wine. Attention to detail is very important, which is why all of their grapes are hand picked and all of their wines are hand-crafted.
These are just four fabulous wineries to visit, but the list goes on and on! Plan your winery tour in Hawkes Bay by looking for great rental deals at Mighway.com.