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Auckland: the wine capital of New Zealand

By June 21, 2011 January 22nd, 2019 No Comments

A tour to Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city – is only considered complete when you have undertaken an extensive wine tour. Auckland is the proud owner of 100 vineyards and wineries. It is also the home to some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards. Grape vines were first planted in Northland in 1819, so they should really know what they’re doing by now!  The neighboring destinations to Auckland are also characterized by vineyards and wineries. For all wine enthusiasts, the Auckland wine tour is a must, it will take you from East coast to West coast and promises you a cracking time.

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Remember life is short so don’t waste your time drinking and tasting boring wine! Visit Auckland and you will find that you have been missing so many exciting varieties. Wehave listed below some of the best wines and some of most recommended wine bars available in Auckland for you to have taste the best the city has to offer once you arrive.

Merlot Wine Café: Known for its all pervading romantic ambience, this is a very cozy place and is known to stock almost 100 different varieties of wines. Location: 23 OConnell Street.

Soul Bar and Bistro: The bar has an impressive wine list and an equally impressive view of the Viaduct Harbour that only enhances the atmosphere of the place. Location: Viaduct Basin.

Vino Perfavore: An Italian wine bar which, stocks amongst other extensive variety of wines, an array of wines from Italy. You will surely enjoy the friendly and relaxed feeling of this place. Location: 2 Hillary Square.

Wine Loft: If you are tired of finding the same varieties of wine around the town then step in to the Wine Loft which has plethora of Old and New World wines in store. What’s more, you will also have experts guiding and informing you about these wines. Location: 1st Floor, 67 Shortland Street.

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Auckland is a spectacular and scenic wine growing region. It will leave you mesmerized at the wide variety of wines and vineyards available there. Some of the more famous vineyards which offer extensive tours are the West Brook Winery, Villa Maria Estate, Soljans Estate Winery, Turanga Creek Winery and Vineyard.

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So what are you waiting for? Forget about the hangovers and indulge in some serious wine tasting sessions. The guides are all experts and you’ll learn more than few tricks to impress your friends when you get home, all whilst enjoying some of the finest wines Australasia has to offer. Perfect.

Try flights to Auckland from the following UK airports
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