TASTING LOCAL WINES
19.05.2017 - 29.05.2017 15 °C
Today was simply gorgeous with blue sunny skies. Although much better than yesterday, the temperatures are certainly cooler than I expected and I probably under packed, but I was still plenty warm. I was probably the only warm person on the tour.
Today I opted to visit one of the nearby islands, Waiheke Island, a quick 30 minute ferry ride away. The tour I selected visited 3 vineyards and an olive grove. It did not disappoint. In all 3 vineyards, our guides had such enthusiasm and knowledge about grapes, planting and producing excellent wine. All three provided incredible views and I can see why the demand for land and housing has exploded in recent year. It is even more expensive than Auckland where the average housing cost is 1 million dollars but the average salary is $50,000.
Here are a few snaps from the places we visited. Although Waiheke is known for its red blends, we had the popular Sauvignon Blancs at each stop.
Stoneyridge Vineyard. My least favourite but we did enjoy a nice lunch. Some people obviously have more money than me as they arrive at each vineyard by helicopter.
Am I the only one that didn't know that cork was a tree? Maybe I knew that. Hmmm
Did you know that olive oils could win world class gold medals?
At the same award wining grove, local bring their olives to be processed into oil.
My favourite stop of the day was at Casita Miro. Owned by a local physician, this small vineyard is family run and could pass for a piece of Barcelona's Guell Park. The owner has hand mosaiced the property and he is still going strong. His wife operates a restaurant that specializes in tapas. It looked amazing. Our food paring were all made by her. The wine, food and view were spectacular.
Our last stop was the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard. Our guide here walked us to the top of the vineyard for spectacular views. You always follow the lady with the wine. She was clearly frozen. She would not survive Canada. It is heading into winter here so the temperatures are reaching their daytime lows of 10 and people appear to be suffering.
it was a great way to spend the day.
We did have a couple girls who did the tour in 4 inch stilettos....imagine thinking that was a good choice and you walked through fields. I never get this.
I came back and met with my colleague to clue up our meeting planning. Sadly, the reality is here and I will be working for the rest of the week so I am signing off until next weekend.