“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy” – Benjamin Franklin
Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination a short 40 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. This weekend, me and a friend of mine went over to try some wine, chill on beaches, and get a bit sun burnt (not planned).
- Stonyridge Vineyard – beautiful vineyard, where you can sit out overlooking the vines. Tried a glass of rose, which was lush on a hot sunny day!
- Wild on Waiheke – funky vineyard which is also a brewery. Archery and clay pigeon shooting available on site, plus a restaurant. Got chatting to the owner who explained a lot about how the different beers are made. I also tried the first wheat beer that I actually liked at this place! The experimental
- Deserted beach at Surfdale – is there anything more beautiful than sitting on a deserted beach at dusk?
- The weather – we lucked out with the weather all weekend, a bit overcast on the Saturday but still warm and dry.
- Wine tasting notes – we couldn’t even pretend to know what we were talking about when it comes to wine, even though we thought we did the ‘sniffing’ bit pretty convincingly. Some of the wine tasting notes that came with the wines we tried were just fabulous ‘hint of old pipe tobacco’ and ‘muscular tannins’ are two that spring to mind. This obviously got funnier the more wine we drank.
- Sunburn – mainly forgetting bits of me when applying, such as the top of my feet and wrists. NZ sun is fierce, and I managed to get burnt after just 30 minutes on the beach.
- Tantalus Estates – did a wine tasting for $10 (white), while my friend tried the red. Neither of us liked the wines at this place very much. Personal taste though – the $50+ bottles would indicate others didn’t feel the same as us.
I thoroughly recommend Waiheke as a destination in NZ – especially if you like wine and beaches (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?).