Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Zealand - Marlborough & Waiheke Island Wine

The nice thing about Auckland is that even though it's a city with over 1,000,000 people, you can jump on a ferry and in 30 minutes you've escaped to an island blanketed in vineyards. When you're sitting at a winery sampling the wares, Waiheke Island feels like a world away from the big city. Many of the island's 8,000 permanent residents harvest grapes on their properties for their neighbourhood winery.

 Amy & me at Stonyridge

This is the most expensive tasting/glass of wine I've seen in awhile...savour every sip!

Moving along to the Marlborough region, this bottle got top marks for best wine purchased from a supermarket...and best label (it was designed by a Kiwi artist).

Wither Hills was one of the most stunning wineries we visited in the Marlborough region. The wine was pretty good too.
The vines

The grand entrance
The Gang (minus Miriam & Sam)

The winery restaurant - I love the stone fireplace with the built-in log storage.

The view from the tower at Highfield Estate Winery

Villa Maria Winery

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