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A 4 hour wine & gin tasting tour around Napier & the Hawke's Bay
Tastings of 4 to 7 wines (mix of red & white)
Visit 3 of the region's best wineries or cellar doors, including New Zealand's oldest winery
Access to the barrel hall at Urban Winery to see the amazing Golden Egg
A gin tasting at the National Distillery
A delicious cheese platter served at Linden Estate
A Mission Estate souvenir wine glass to take home
Full commentary about the region from your friendly guide
Transport onboard a modern minibus
Convenient return transfers from anywhere in the greater Napier area
Napier Wine & Gin Tasting TourDiscover Napier & Hawkes Bay's finest wine & gin on this small-group 4 hour tasting tour
What to Expect
Take an afternoon to explore some of Hawke's Bay's finest wineries! As New Zealand's second-largest wine region, it boasts a temperate climate and plenty of sunshine with the region best known for its Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux-style red blends.
Your tour starts with pick-ups from anywhere in the Greater Napier area. You'll travel onboard a spacious minibus with your guide, who has 15 years of experience growing grapes and ten years experience as a tour guide - so you'll get to enjoy engaging and informative commentary throughout your tour.
Where we visit
The first stop is Mission Estate Winery, the oldest winery in New Zealand. French missionaries established the vineyard in 1851, making Hawkes Bay the birthplace of New Zealand. The cellar door, where you'll enjoy your tasting, is located in an elegantly restored seminary building with sweeping views of the vineyard.
Next up is gin. The National Distillery Company is located in a picturesque 1930s Art Nouveau building in Ahuriri, an old maritime town. The gin collection is extensive, with options such as New Zealand Dry, Art Deco, Damson Plum, and Verdigris. Many feature New Zealand botanicals for unique and inspiring flavours.
Switching back to wine, visit Urban Winery, Napier's newest and coolest winery. It's home to Tony Bish Wines and boasts spectacular egg-shaped concrete and French oak fermenters, which have revolutionised Chardonnay fermentation. While here, you'll also have the option to taste five Moa craft beers piped in from the Moa Brewery next door.
Linden Estate Winery is the final stop of the tour, and you'll enjoy a seated tasting accompanied by a delicious cheese board. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Esk Valley hill, offering a protected microclimate and incredible views. Varieties grown include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hawke's Bay is a fairly laid-back region, so casual and comfortable clothes are fine. While it can get warm during the day, a jacket is recommended for the winter months.
The program may vary due to some wineries seasonally adjusting their open days or itinerary time constraints
Once booked, The Operator will contact you with booking confirmation & provide pick-up time from your accommodation
The Operator reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel a tour due to bad weather, unsafe conditions or at the request of governmental, park, & state agencies
The Operator assumes no responsibility for injuries, delays caused by breakdowns, accidents, adverse weather conditions and other conditions beyond their control
The Operator is not responsible for any loss or damage to property
Cancel up to 24 hrs prior to departure for a full refund
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