Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand
Relax in the hot long sunshine summer hours in a Gisborne vineyard. The recipe for award winning vineyards and wineries from exceptional Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Malbec is accompanied by delicious platters and owners chatting to guests. Summer holidays do not get any better than this.
Farmers Markets sample wine, foodie treats, head north to Gisborne in July and enjoy the annual Gizzy Food Festival.
WHERE TO START
It’s easy, Gisborne Wine Centre. The centre showcases the best of Gisborne wines with a dollop of advice on getting around.
Shop the best of Gisborne.
The independent experts on Gisborne Wine have a not very big tasting room yet their local knowledge is enormous. The team are passionate about the local tipple and work with only the locals to stock the best wines at cellar door prices.
- Provides visitors with a heads up about what suits their palate
- Chat to team about up and coming events during your visit
- Local advice about getting around
And the place has an excellent restaurant attached to the back of the tasting room, Crawford Kitchen is superb. The space also includes gourmet heat and serves meals and deli sourced delights from honey, cheese and fresh produce.
VINEYARDS AND WINERIES
Here are a few favourites. The list is not exhaustive with the up and coming wineries contributing to the rich diversity of the Gisborne wine culture.
Millton Vineyards And Winerylearn more
Wrights Vineyard & Winerylearn more
Bushmere Vineslearn more
Bridge Estate Vineyardlearn more
T W Wineslearn more
AND NOT FORGOTTEN …
Half day, full day or several days popping into vineyards at your leisure with a chance to relax at nearby attractions. Tours can include a personal guide.
For more ideas what to do and see in Gisborne check out
And you are on a wine trail exploration of the North Island check out
- Napier wine tour day trip, travel guide, what to do & see: NZ Jane
- Weekend in Napier – Best Bits
- Day trip from Napier to Havelock North
And would like to get out of Gisborne to explore the region check out
- Mahia Peninsula trip guide, activities, what to see & do: NZ Jane
- What’s so great about East Coast, Tolga Bay
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