Head To Waiheke, Matakana Or West For Best Of Auckland Wine This June
Winemakers from Waiheke Island, West Auckland and Matakana are pulling out all the stops to showcase the region’s exciting winemaking scene at the first-ever Auckland Wine Week being held 13-23 June.
With many of Auckland’s best wineries and vineyards taking part, escape to Waiheke Island for a unique, all-inclusive wine-lovers adventure on Sunday 16 June, head north for an afternoon of rare and hard-to-find gems in Matakana on Saturday 22 June, or journey west to Auckland’s oldest wine region and let your wine tasting passport take you through a day of premium and reserve tastings on Sunday 23 June.
Make the most of Auckland-centric tastings and specials at Glengarry Wines, and dinners and tastings at restaurants and bars including Gusto, Augustus Bistro and Britomart’s Seafarers Club. The country’s biggest wine tasting event Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines is also taking place on the city’s waterfront on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June.
“There’s a whole world of wine to be discovered on Auckland’s doorstep,” says organiser Rob Eliott.
“It’s an incredible thing to live in a city with great wineries on our doorstep and that deserves to be celebrated.
“From Waiheke Island with its stunning syrah, world-class chardonnay, intense cabernet blends and fine aromatics, to internationally-recognised elegant chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon in the west, and excellent pinot gris, syrah, cabernet blends and emerging red varieties in the north.
“With a full line-up of vinous adventures taking place around the region from vineyards to some of the city’s best restaurants, Auckland Wine Week is a chance to connect with the city in a different way, celebrating the people and places that make these incredible wines.”