New Zealand is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is an island country. New Zealand’s cool climate grape growing areas are perfect for producing many fine wines. South of Gisborne, on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island, is Hawkes Bay. Hawkes Bay is well known for its food and wine tourism.
Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
This amazing event is a wine touring route in which you drive to three regions which produce wine, visit the capital city as well as view the scenic coastlines and many rural towns. There are posted signs that direct you from Hawkes Bay to Marlborough.
Hawkes Bay is known as New Zealand’s Wine Country, due to its perfect grape growing fertile soils and climate. This is the first place to stop on the classic New Zealand wine trail. Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s leading red wine producer. Many people enjoy bicycle wine tours in Hawkes Bay as it features over 200 kilometres of bicycle trails.
Wairarapa is home of Gladstone, Martinborough wine village and the vineyards of upper Masterton. Here you will find some of New Zealand’s best wines. Martinborough wines are produced mainly by family business vineyards. Cycling is also available through these great vineyards. Gladstone vineyards are located on the Ruamahanga river banks. You can enjoy short drives on the quaint country roads visiting the various vineyards and wineries. In Opaki, which is just north of Masterton, you will come across a tiny community of wineries and vineyards.
World-famous Sauvignon Blanc is produced in Marlborough. Marlborough is located in the northeast area of the south island. The climate in Marlborough is dry, perfect for producing Sauvignon Blanc wine. This is New Zealand’s wine industry centre due to a combination of fertile soil and temperatures. Marlborough produces almost 77% of New Zealand’s wine.
Taste of Auckland Event
The ‘Taste of Auckland’ event is held between October 31 and November 3. This great festival is a great way to enjoy and indulge in many of New Zealand’s great wines and foods. It is located at Queens Wharf on the waterfront.
Family Estate Cuvee Bar
During the taste of Auckland visit the Family Estate Cuvee Bar. Here you can taste some of New Zealand’s traditional highly regarded wines while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.
The taste of Auckland also hosts the Whiskey Lounge, the Curiosity Gin Botanical Garden and the ability to see British Chef Legend, Marco Pierre White. Enjoy a day or evening immersing yourself in great wines and gourmet foods. Visit the many artisans and experience great shopping.
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
Experience this well-known festival on February 8, 2020, in its 36th year. The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is New Zealand’s longest-running and best festival. This is where you will experience some of Marlborough’s best wines by sampling them in the 40+ wineries. Be sure to try Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, it is world-famous.
There will also be professional entertainment provided. Enjoy the culinary pavilion for some great foods to accompany the amazing wines that are offered. Enjoy watching some main stage entertainment, demonstrations by chefs, roving entertainers, and even a kiddie’s corner. There are several levels of tickets that can be purchased and are available in advance at discounted prices. There are general admission tickets, VIP tickets, and the ultimate Platinum package for two. The platinum package tickets are limited and are $1500 + fee for two people. This amazing package includes:
- Chauffeur service to the Omaka Airfield
- A helicopter ride to and from the festival
- Entry into the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
- VIP access area where all food and drinks are provided free of charge throughout the day
- Medal-winning wines
- Backstage pass to the main stage to meet the band members, and so much more.
For $35 + fees per person you can attend one of the two Masterclasses that will be offered at this event. Some of the past classes have been on organic wines, salmon and sauvignon, and wine and cheese.
New Zealand offers many opportunities to experience wine and food events. The events listed above are just a few of what they have to offer.