Gisborne, Leading Gisborne Winderies
4 HoursModerateSightseeing | Wine | Refreshments | Essentials Collection
Nestled on the most easterly tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Gisborne’s wine region is celebrated for classic Chardonnays. Recently, Gisborne has expanded beyond its reputation for mass production, and a number of small, quality producers have begun experimenting with new varieties and organic growing methods. Your half-day tour will visit two family owned businesses, shining examples of Gisborne’s wine renaissance. Board a comfortable motor coach and set off through the verdant hills of Gisborne’s wine region. Located in the Central Valley region of Gisborne, Bushmere Estate is a family-owned winery, growing grapes for over 40 years. This spectacular 42-acre vineyard primarily grows Chardonnay grapes, but smaller plantings of Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano and Sangrovese can be found on the premises as well. In addition, the family owns part of a nearby vineyard where they source the grapes for their own full-bodied Merlot. Wander the vineyard, the family estate, and the cellars as you learn about the family’s venture into winemaking. At your tasting session, take a moment to admire the wine bottle’s label, the logo depicts three elements – earth, water and sun, all vital to the growing of grapes. As you sip and savor, enjoy a delightful antipasto platter as an accompaniment.
Matawhero Wines was established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, it defied convention and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim and in doing so, changed the face of New Zealand winemaking forever. Since its first vintage in 1975, Matawhero has produced many excellent and often adventurous wines. Following in Bill’s pioneering footsteps, son Denis imparted his colorful style and won fame for his Gewürztraminer – everyone was drinking it, even the Queen of England. Today, revived by the Searle family, Matawhero is true to the founders’ determination, producing individualistic wines of world class standard. Learn more about the family’s commitment to sustainable wine producing as you sample their varietals while nibbling on complimentary cheeses.
Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and flat soled walking shoes, and bring local currency, camera, hat, sunglasses, and water.
The tour may operate in reverse order