1. Napier: Wine & Gin Tasting Tour with Tastings Fees & Pickup
Each winery will offer between 4 and 7 wines for a tasting split between reds and whites. Chardonnay is the dominant white wine variety produced in Hawkes Bay, but lovers of Sauvignon Blanc should not worry, as you'll also be tasting that at Mission Estate. Shiraz and Bordeaux blends are some of the dominant red varieties. The first estate winery you'll visit is Mission Estate, which was established in 1851. The tasting hall and associated restaurant are located in a two-story Victorian mansion that offers magnificent views over the vineyards. The National Gin Distillery, where you'll get to taste five gins. Then, take a 20-minute drive past the orchards and vineyards and arrive at Askerne Estate producing only 100,000 bottles of wine split between 13 different varietals. This will be a seated tasting with a complimentary cheese board of New Zealand cheeses. Afterward, travel back to Napier for drop-off in the early evening.