Wine lovers heading to New Zealand should not miss the Classic New Zealand wine trail, a self-drive journey through three of the major wine regions. The experience takes you deep into the countryside, as you taste your way around the New Zealand.
Vibrant and intense are words often used to describe the distinct flavors of New Zealand’s wines. A New World wine country, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes lend themselves to a bevvy of vineyards. There are a number of distinguished regions throughout the country. Here are our top five vineyards on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.
Hawkes Bay – Craggy Range – With a restaurant that has been voted among the 20 best winery restaurants in the world and wines that are renowned for their maturity and depth, Craggy Range is one of New Zealand’s premier wineries and should not to be missed.
Hawkes Bay – Black Barn Vineyards – This boutique vineyard has been named one of Frommer’s top 10 most visited wineries in the world and it’s not hard to see why. The award winning wines are only the beginning of what promises to be a unique experience at Black Barn Vineyards. Summer is the perfect time to visit Black Barn, with live music events and ever-popular growers markets on Saturday mornings.
Martinborough - Escarpment – The wine at Escarpment is truly exceptional, the distinctive layering of flavors makes their complex wines simply divine! Cellar door is by appointment but an experience not to be missed.
Martinborough – Alana Estate – Sit in the sun and appreciate the surrounding at Alana Estate while enjoying platters, chees boards and a bottle of wine from the cellar door. Keep an eye out for events, Alana Estate often host national and international acts.
Marlborough – Cloudy Bay – Welcoming vistors year round, Cloudy Bay’s picturesque cellar door offers guests floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the views and a large outdoor courtyard. Cuisine is evocative of the area especially in summer when Jack’s Raw Bar offers a selection of local produce including clams, oysters, venison carpaccio and salmon sashimi.