Napier Afternoon Wine Tour

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Overview

Join this wine tour for an afternoon of relaxing and good wine!Enjoy a visit to four spectacular wineries before concluding the day with complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits at a private, exclusive gazebo/viewing platform with 360 panoramic views of Hawkes Bay.

Highlights

  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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You will be picked up from your accommodation at approximately 1pm. You will be transported in a relaxing 9-seater, air conditioned 4 wheel drive tour van.

From there we will head off to the first winery which will be Church Road Winery. Once we arrive we will enter the cellar door for a sample of 4 wines. Which will include a local champagne.

From Church Road we will travel a short distance to the next winery, Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery established in 1851. I will conduct a mini tour of the magnificent colonial style villa followed by a tasting of 6 of their wines.

We then travel out to the Esk Valley for a tasting at Esk Valley Estate. Monday to Friday and during harvest season I am able to conduct a tour of the wine making facility. From Esk Valley Estate we continue through the picturesque Esk Valley to Linden Estate.

At Linden Estate we taste an extensive range of wines predominately made from grapes your guide personally planted 15 years ago. From the winery we travel out into the vineyard and your guide will give a brief explanation about grape growing & vineyard management.

The tour finale is a drive up Seafields farms road to my panoramic viewing platform (660ft / 202m above sea level). At the platform your guide will provide complementary wine, cheese and biscuits whilst you take in the magnificent views of Hawkes Bay.

You will be returned to your pick up points at around 5:30pm.

Inclusions for Napier Afternoon Wine Tour

  • Wine tasting fees are included
  • Complementary wine, cheese and biscuits included
  • Tour of the wine making facilities at Esk Valley Estate is included
  • Grape growing and vineyard management discussion at Linden Estate is included
  • Free pick up and drop off at your accommodation

Exclusions for Napier Afternoon Wine Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The venue for the complementary wine, cheese and biscuits is subject to change dependent on the weather condition

Minimum of 2 guests required before booking can be accepted

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Great wine tour Ross was a fanatastic host .Good fun. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT

  • Brilliant time with knowledgeable and helpful host. Even took us on a bit of a tour of Napier on the way back to our hotel! Cheeses and wine were delicious...loved the extras like the pear jelly! Ross even made a special trip back to our hotel the next morning to bring us the wine we had inadvertently left on the minibus. Can thoroughly recommend this excellent tour.

  • My wife and I were picked up at 1 pm at our Holiday Park by Pauls partner Lesley Taplin. Lesley is a small but formidable lady who protested that we were late and she would have to get her skates on to collect everyone else for our afternoon wine tour. We explained that 1 pm was the time agreed with Ross Lepper and Lesley said that, in that case, she would be having words with him!

    Lesley turned out to be a great hostess with a wicked sense of humour and, after picking up a number of other Lions fans from various holiday parks dotted around Napier, we headed to our first winery.

    The Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851, by pioneering French Missionaries is New Zealand's oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine. Our visit here established a pattern that was to be repeated at all the other wineries on our trip as I purchased a bottle of the wine we liked best at the tasting, we sampled 6 different wines each time, in this case I bought a bottle of their Vineyard Selection 2016 Pinot Gris. On leaving we were each presented with a gift boxed wine glass a nice touch.

    Next it was a short hop to the Church Road Wine Estate where Chris Scott achieved the distinction of being named New Zealands Winemaker of the Year for 2016. We enjoyed several of the wines here including the Rosé but my personal favourite was the 2014 Blanc De Noir, the name indicating that the wine is made entirely from Pinot Noir as opposed to the more common blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and a bottle of the bubbly was added to my collection.

    From Church Road, we made the long drive out to The Linden Estate in Eskdale but the trip was a worthwhile one as we settled down for a meal of cheese and biscuits to accompany the wine sampling. The sun was shining and Alison, along with Tina and Mel, 2 other Lions fans, who we bumped into previously at Huka Falls, seemed ready for either a snooze or a sing-song depending on how the wine was affecting them! The wine of choice at this one was the Sauvignon Blanc, a complement to the winery as Sauvignon Blanc or Sav as it appears to be universally known in New Zealand seems to be the standard by which all other wines are measured. This won silver awards at shows in both 2016 and 2017. Wonder what won gold?!

    Driving back towards Napier we came to the Esk Valley Winery at Bay View in the north of Hawkes Bay. The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality. At Esk Valley we were lucky enough to be entertained by the Senior Winemaker, Gordon Russell who gave us a fascinating talk on how he goes about making the wines and what he looks for in a good one. Gordon believes that the concept of 'texture' in a wine is as important as the aromas and flavours of the wine. By 'texture' he means the balance and harmony of the wine, together with complexity and palate interest. He aims to produce premium hand-crafted wines that are both elegant and sophisticated, and which truly reflect the character of the individual vineyards. We both enjoyed all the wines we sampled here but eventually we settled on a bottle of their 2016 Pinot Noir which isnt available in the shops yet.

    Following a very interesting tour of the winery Lesley rounded us up and we headed back to Napier where she very kindly dropped Alison and I at Taradale Town Hall, built in the Art Deco style in 1932, so that we could attend a meeting of the local Rotary Club.

    All in all a superb afternoon and highly recommended to anyone wanting to sample the best wines New Zealand has to offer.

  • This was great. recommend to do

  • Ross our guide was very interesting and helpful, with a pleasant personality. He had worked as the winemaker at one of the vineyards, and so had a lot of knowledge about the process of making the wine, including the use of contract labour, and contract growers. We can recommend his tour without hesitation.

  • Nice time enjoyed the tour

  • Great time....lots of samples!

  • Ross was an excellent, knowledgable and personable host and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The reception and information at each of the different vineyards varied quite a lot but that didn't take away from the whole experience. Highly recommended.

  • Best wine trip we have been on, very informative Rposs knows his business.

  • Great tour, excellent host

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