Five unmissable New Zealand wineries

New Zealand has world-renowned wineries stretching across the country, so here's a taster of our five favourite New Zealand wineries.

New Zealand is the perfect place for touring wineries, with world renowned vineyards stretching the whole country. Wherever you’re planning to go, there’s a cellar door within easy reach. It’s well worth exploring each of the unique wine regions in detail, so here’s a taster of some of the best winery experiences in New Zealand.

Cloudy Bay, Marlborough

Cloudy Bay offers a spacious and inviting cellar door in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Best known for their iconic Sauvignon Blanc, which helped to establish the Marlborough wine region globally, this winery will help you experience the luxury of New Zealand: “The luxury of space and time, of intimate moments, and nature’s rarest qualities.” Make sure to enjoy their local seasonal cuisine too!

Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is perfectly suited for winemaking, and the meticulous attention to detail and unique combination of tradition and innovation allows Elephant Hill wines to truly shine. Set against the idyllic backdrop of the Te Awanga Coast, this winery offers a wide variety of wines, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect wine for you. Visit their restaurant to enjoy breathtaking views and delicious food expertly paired with stunning Elephant Hill wines.

Cable Bay, Waiheke

Enjoy a range of award winning wines at one of Waiheke’s top vineyards. Their Cellar Door is uniquely designed with an arched ceiling inspired by wine barrels, and full length windows that allow you to observe the working winery while listening to friendly and knowledgeable wine specialists explain everything. Make sure to enjoy the Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc; the three Cable Bay favourites.

Peregrine Wines, Queenstown

Peregrine Wines is one of the best places to taste Central Otago wines, as many of their artisan wines are perfect examples of the region's styles. One of the other great draws to the Peregrine Winery is the stunning architecture, inspired by a peregrine falcon in flight. Taste their Pinot Noir, the main focus of the winery, or try a variety of aromatic whites before taking a tour through the sights and scents of the barrel hall.

Pegasus Bay, Canterbury

As pioneers of wine-making in the North Canterbury region with a long history here, this family owned and operated winery will delight you with their adventurous, hand-made wines. You’ll be able to taste a wide variety of Pegasus Bay wines, including several of their renowned ‘Reserve’ vintages. As firm believers in sustainable viticulture, Pegasus Bay captures the unique flavours of their vineyard in their wine by ensuring minimal intervention from vine to bottle.

If you’re looking for a luxury wine experience, Escape NZ can arrange exclusive VIP tastings to any of these stunning wineries, along with world class accommodation for a short escape you’ll never forget. Let us create your dream New Zealand escape, showcasing the most breath-taking locations in New Zealand by air, land and sea.

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