The Bush and Beach Auckland wine tours concentrate on two of the main wine regions of the area. To the North West are the historic Kumeu vineyards and to the North is the Matakana wine growing area. Growing grapes in Auckland can be difficult due to the humidity and in some places very fertile soils, nevertheless there are over 100 vineyards in the Auckland region proving that where there is a will there is a way.
Kumeu wine tour area
The Kumeu wineries area is a short 20 minute drive from central Auckland and includes some of the earliest wineries in the country with Lebanese and Croatian winemaking families dating back to the 1930’s. A wine tour around Kumeu will include some of the old vineyards such as Soljans and Westbrook (owned by Anthony and Susan Ivicevich). Locally grown grapes include varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris but vinyards such as Coopers Creek produce a locally grown Montepulciano and Westbrook also produce locally grown Pinot Noir and Malbec. The Bush and Beach wine tour ‘Kumeu wine and lunch’ includes all three of these wineries.
Matakana wine tour area
The Matakana area is only 40 minutes North of Auckland city centre and is home to some small boutique wineries. The gentle rolling hills and clay soils in the region give rise to some interesting Bordeaux blends and locally grown Pinot Gris is often a favourite. Many of the plantings were done in the 1990’s and the regions lack of spring frosts and long warm autumns can work to the vineyards advantage. Brick Bay vineyard for example is tiny (only 5 hectares) but they manage to produce 6 varietals including Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Others such as Heron’s Flight specialise in Italian varietals such as Dolcetto and Sangiovese. We can organise tours in this region and vary them depending on your interests. Simply contact us to find out more.