Napier, New Zealand

Hawke’s Bay is a sunny wine producing region on the west coast of the North Island. We spent a few days in Napier, a town which is well known for both its 1930’s Art Deco architecture and for being home to New Zealand’s oldest winery (Mission Estate Winery). There are tons of wineries in Napier, you could easily spend a day cycling around and sampling the free tastings. We’d heard good reviews of Church Road’s Wine Tour & Tasting session, so we decided to book it up for the following day.

The tour was really informative; they took us behind the scenes and explained the key factors that influence the wine’s flavour. The best part of the tour was, of course, the wine tasting. We sampled a mixture of red and white wines and decided to treat ourselves to a few bottles of our favourite wines – the Pinot Gris and the Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious!

Next stop: Lake Taupo, New Zealand