Napier, New Zealand
Hawke's Bay Wineries: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 3¼ Hours
Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's leading wine-producing regions. With more than 60 prominent wineries, the area is renowned for its Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
One of the highlights of a visit to this area is Mission Estate Winery -- New Zealand's oldest winery. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, this former mission has been producing wine ever since. From the Port of Napier, you'll drive to Mission Estate, located on a small hill overlooking the Heretaunga Plains, with sweeping views of Napier. Mission Estate is perhaps the most visited and most beautiful winery in the country. Tour the restored seminary building and the adjoining chapel, with its high, vaulted ceilings, arched windows and French doors. Visit the cellar to try Mission Estate's extensive range of wines. One ofthe cellar door team will lead you through a tasting of up to seven different vintages. You’ll hear details of the ancient winemaking process and find out what is new in the 21st century.
Next, you'll stop atBrookfields Vineyards -- the area's oldest boutique winery, established in 1937. Set along the sparkling waters of the Tutaekuri River, this winery is constructed from handmade concrete blocks that help keep the wine (and its visitors) cool. You will be treated to a tasting of their popular wines and have a chance to purchase any that you particularly enjoyed.
Afterward, enjoy the trip back to the ship witha panoramic drive through the historic section of downtown Napier. Your guide will point out many fine examples of the city's legendary Art Deco and Spanish Revival architecture.
Minimum age is 18 years. Alternative wineries may be substituted. Corkage policy: Wine purchased on this tour is exempt from the on-board corkage fee (offer limited to one bottle of wine per person).