Gold is at the heart of what we do, and while we obviously love to cover ourselves in the shiny stuff, we can also be tempted (very easily) to partake in an afternoon of drinking as much of New Zealand’s favourite golden liquid as possible. New Zealand exported over 230-million litres of Sauvignon blanc in 2019 but fortunately produced enough to leave a few bottles behind for us locals! We all know the bigger wineries by name and from their labels, but what about the smaller operations? We love these boutique wineries for their attention to detail, their stunning settings and because the people who run them are full of pride and passion for what they create. And passion is contagious!
Waiheke Island, Auckland
Europeans have perfected the art of living, from mid afternoon naps to late dinners and long, slow lunches. Luckily for us, enjoying an Italian style, long lunch is only a ferry ride away. On Waiheke Island you’ll find Poderi Chrisci, a family run winery that was founded in 2008 and is famed for the 'Sunday long lunch’. You need to gather your best friends, the ones who offer top notch chat because you don’t just ‘grab lunch’ here, you while away four glorious hours eating unforgettable food paired with wine. It’s genius really; you immerse yourself in an experience and you make memories that revolve around the wines. The menu is ever changing but the passion is the constant ingredient that holds the entire show together.
There is nothing so wonderful as driving past a hillside covered in row upon row of majestic grape vines. But wineries are about far more than just grapes, they are about the people who work tirelessly to produce something spectacular for all of us (over the age of 18) to enjoy. It’s invigorating to be surrounded by people who love what they do. So for us, an afternoon at a winery, sipping on somebody’s finest creation is much more than a day out. There are ten wine regions in New Zealand so there’s plenty of places to find inspiration in someone’s life work. We revel in the landscapes from the Marlborough Sounds to Waiheke Island, where we can find kindred souls who thrive on creating things of beauty for others to enjoy.
Author: Bianca Richardson-Read