Wine Tasting Auckland is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:
- NYC JFK
- Dubai, UAE
- Shanghai, China
- Papeete, Tahiti
- Bora Bora, Tahiti
- Moorea, Tahiti
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Hong Kong Island
- Tokyo, Japan
- Dallas, Texas
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).
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.
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.