Auckland wine tour in Kumeu Wine Country with Lunch
Leave behind the bustle of Auckland city and head northwest to join an afternoon wine tour and taste the flavours of Kumeu Wine Country, Auckland’s Heritage Wine Region. The driving is taken care of while you sample world renowned wines, enjoy lunch at a contemporary vineyard restaurant and check out the stunning coast.
Even if you have never done a wine tour or been wine tasting before the guides make it a relaxed and enjoyable experience for a great day out.
Your first stop is at Soljans Vineyard. Soljans has won many awards for their wines and they are also widely acknowledged in New Zealand as being an expert producer of methode traditionelle (bottle-fermented) sparkling wines.
Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at Soljans Winery restaurant. The winery is built with sunshine in mind and serves Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist, showcasing fresh seasonal produce from around the region.
Next to tempt the taste buds is a wine tasting at Coopers Creek vineyard which offers outstanding wines from New Zealand”s best regions. Coopers Creek produce a wide variety of wines and are adventurous in their choice of grapes and blends.
Next you visit Muriwai beach which is one of the region’s special places. Stop to get amazing views along the coast and talk about what makes the west coast Auckland beaches unique. From August to April you will also have the chance to see one of the world’s largest seabirds in their natural environment. At that time of year Muriwai is home to one of the few mainland gannet nesting sites in the world situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Tasman Sea. Here you get a close-up of the gannet colony without disturbing their environment.
Your final wine tasting is at West Brook Winery. The West Brook cellar door looks across an idyllic duck pond and terraced picnic area to row after row of vines. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins. Without exception they are premium quality and have won numerous awards. This half day ‘wineries out west’ wine tour is a great introduction to the region.