Come and see for yourself!
I am back. Haven’t posted in a while since I was recharging my travel batteries. In the meantime I was on Waiheke Island helping out with canopy management at a vineyard. Today I want to share some of the beautiful scenery that I encountered on Waiheke Island. It truely is a paradise. And what makes it even more beautiful is the fact, that on this tiny little island, you get a lot of good wine! In practically every corner, there is a vineyard that boasts stunning views and gorgeous wines.
Some wine facts to start off with
- wine on Waiheke Island is young: wine growing started in the 1980s
- Waiheke Island belongs to the wine growing region “Auckland” and is only a thirty minutes ferry ride away from downtown Auckland
- wine on Waiheke Island started with traditional Bordeaux blends but increasingly Syrah is becoming more dominant and successful
- 60% of the vines planted are red (Merlot and Syrah leading here) but whites are on the increase (mainly Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc)
- And the most important fact: Waiheke wine tastes grate!
Amazing natural beauty
Have a look at these photos. I cannot recall a place on my trip where vineyards and nature have formed such a breath taking pair.
Meet some vineyards
Waiheke Island boats around 25 wine producers, all of them rather small scale and artisan. Two of Waiheke’s wine estates are organic: Jurassic Ridge and Kennedy Point. I was lucky to meet Lance, the wine maker of Jurrasic Ridge and really enjoyed his wines.
More information on Waiheke Wines
Waiheke Island is there waiting to be explored. You find plenty more wineries there which won’t disappoint you. Best way to explore the island is to get a car (and hopefully someone who drives it), that is if you want to explore the vineyards in the east part of the island where public busses don’t go. Anf it is also a little far to cycle. Most vineyards in the western part can be walked or cycled to. Hitchhiking is also an option and a pretty good one on this island.