Waimauku: Wine Tasting in Auckland


Wine Tasting Auckland is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:

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Like golf, I have gone all over the world to taste wine (see Wine Directory). One of the best experiences was in Waimauku, a small locality of Auckland. Though it is not a huge region for wine like Blenheim in the south (see Wine Tours by Bike NZ: A Must for Wine Enthusiasts), Waimauku has plenty of vineyards to visit.

Stop #1:West Brook

It is a tradition for us to stop at a larger producing winery first and then make our way to smaller ones. The problem with large tasting rooms is the requirement to go on a group tour. I don’t need to see the barrels, I just want to drink the wine (see Guided Tours: Like Attending Class, It’s Boring But Sometimes Useful).

Homage to TPOL, a necessary stop on the tour
Seen one, seen ’em all
Finally, the tasting room

The best part of large vineyards is the grounds. I endure the tour for the opportunity to explore and take photos of the impeccable scenery. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this:

Even the exit was picturesque.

Stop #2: Coopers Creek

The winery was in Waimauku, but the grapes were brought in from all over NZ.
Stop #3: Kumeu River 

Small in size but nice for a quick stop.

Little did I know that this would become one of my favorite varietals.

Final Stop: Soljans

We started big. We ended big. Overall

For such a small area, there were plenty of vineyards. In one day, we saw as many as we could.


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