5 great New Zealand wineries

Published April 20th, 2012

New Zealand isn’t just for adventures and thrill seekers. Our island neighbours also have a softer side; rolling green hills, scenic views and of course – sheep. While it’s not hard to appreciate New Zealand’s abundant natural beauty, it’s always a little bit easier to take it all in with a glass of red in hand. Wine and dine your way through New Zealand with a visit to these five wineries.


Highfield Estate, MarlboroughNew Zealand winery

Located high on the Brookby Ridge on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island is Highfield Estate, a Marlborough winery serving sauvignon blanc and spectacular views. While sauv is its specialty, the winery also produces chardonnay, Rieslings and pinot noir. A day at Highfield Estate can be spent walking the Tuscan inspired tower followed by lunch at the estate’s restaurant. Don't leave without spending an afternoon eating Mediterranean cuisine on the terrace over a sparkling Elstree Cuvée Brut.


Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay

As one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest established wineries, Mission Estate is a must visit. The winery is located in the popular wine region of Hawke’s Bay just outside of Hastings and is beloved by locals for its unique history and sustainable practices. Discover Mission Estate’s history and underground cellars on a tour before sitting down at the restaurant for a glass of their award winning Jewelstone Cab Merlot or Reserve Chardonnay while admiring the views of Napier.


Te Mata Estate, Hawke’s Bay

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is a family owned winery and an icon of the Hawke’s Bay wine region. Te Mata is famed for its internationally recognised wines, including the fragrant Bullnose Syrah, rich Woodthorpe Chardonnay and the estate’s signature viognier wine, named after Zara Buck, the first born child of the third generation of Te Mata Estate's Buck family.


Villa Maria Winery, Auckland

Minutes from Auckland International Airport lies Villa Maria, a prominent producer of New Zealand wine.  Once a small company, Villa Maria has blossomed into a reputable winery beloved by locals for its variety, tastings and entertainment. Villa Maria regularly hosts outdoor entertainment and concerts, as well as dedicated tastings and tours. While there, don’t miss out on a glass of signature Villa Maria wine while overlooking the Ihumatao vineyard from the terrace.


Pegasus Bay, Canterbury

A Canterbury favourite, Pegasus Bay is a unique winery in that its Waipara Valley location, within the Viticultural Region, enhances the flavour of its grapes and wine. As a result, the winery’s award winning chardonnay, Rieslings and pinot noir are incredibly popular and Pegasus Bay has taken out the title of New Zealand’s best winery numerous times. Head to the winery for a day of tastings followed by a leisurely gourmet meal at the onsite restaurant.



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.