Wonderful wine and food

Tauranga Tasting Tours Hawkes Bay Winery Tour October 2016

Tauranga Tasting Tours is doing another pilgrimage to the stunning wineries of the winterless north on October 27-29. Three wonderful days, enriched with wine and food!

Just 40 minutes North of Auckland lies the picturesque Matakana wine region, the home of more than 30 boutique vineyards, olive groves, restaurants and the famous Matakana Village. This October, Tauranga Tasting Tours will give you the opportunity to try some of the North's tastiest drops.

After an early start from Tauranga on October 27 the first venue visited will be Ransom Wines, renowned for their elegant wines including Albarino, Carmenere, Bordeaux blend, Malbec and Syrah.

Owner/operators Lyn and Paul Marston say they have again tried to get a variety of vineyards, with a range of terroir and wine styles.

Runner Duck Estate will then be travelled to for lunch and a tasting, including Pinot Gris, Rose and Sangiovese. Herons Flight will then be the last winery visited for the day for a tasting with the winemaker/owner.

On October 28 clients will travel to Omaha Bay Vineyard for a tasting of five wines with the wine-maker.

The group will then visit Morris and James, famous for their exquisite hand-made pottery. Established in 1977 by Ant Morris, today it is run by more than a dozen artisans and craftspeople who continue Ant's legacy, while exploring new creative directions and uses for clay.

After lunch and a wine-tasting are enjoyed at Brickbay Estate, clients will have the option of walking the winery's Sculpture Trail – an ever-changing exhibition of more than 60 sculptures along a 2km trail. Elegant board-walks lead through native trees and abundant bird-life.

The last day, October 29, will start with a tasting at Hyperion Wines and be followed by lunch and a tasting at the prestigious Ascension Wine Estate.    

En route for home, a stop will be made at the small family-owned Matavino Estate, where five wines will be tasted, including Dolcetto and Nebbiolo.

The tour is restricted to 12 clients, so early booking is essential to ensure your involvement.

Cost (includes transport ex-Tauranga, accommodation, wine tastings and winery lunches – main and dessert) is $918 per person single and $815 per person twin share.

For more information contact Tauranga Tasting Tours and Charters, phone 07 544 1383/027 522 4607, email tgatastingtours@xtra.co.nz or visit www.tastingtours.co.nz

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