A Taste of Hawkes Bay and Martinborough Part 2

I recently drove down to Hawkes Bay and Martinborough wine regions to catch up with some of the latest cellar door experiences. If you plan to visit either of these regions then hopefully you will find this report interesting. Hawkes Bay This area is most well known for Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay and Syrah but there are also very good wines …

Autumn colours at Fenton vineyard

Wine on Waiheke – 1978 to the present day

The first serious vineyard on Waiheke Island was planted in 1978 by the Goldwater family who had a love of Bordeaux varietals. They planted Cabernet Sauvignon and their first, very small vintage, was in 1982. It wasn’t until the 1985 vintage, which had Merlot added, that the wine became more readily available. Following very soon after was Stonyridge vineyard with …

mission estate winery driveway in winter

A Taste of Hawkes Bay & Martinborough (Part 1)

August 2018 I recently drove down to Hawkes Bay and Martinborough wine regions to catch up with some of the latest cellar door experiences. If you plan to visit either of these regions then hopefully you will find this report interesting. Hawkes Bay This area is most well known for Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay and Syrah but there are also very …