Wine Tasting

 

Auckland in the distance.
Auckland in the distance.

We rented a car this time so we could see the whole island.  (Granted, you can drive the entire island in half a day).   Some of the best vineyards aren’t very accessible by bus or foot.

The first time we came to Waiheke for wine tastings, we bought 2 tickets for an actual wine tour on a bus.  We vowed to NEVER do that again.  Not a terrible experience, but you definitely can’t take your time at each vineyard and have bites along the way.  It’s very rushed and most of the people on the tour, have a giant stick up their asses.  (You’re drinking wine, you should be high on life!).

We’ve been to ‘Wild on Waiheke’ before, but of course it was rushed, so we knew we definitely wanted to come back.  Not that they have great wine, or even beer for that matter, but their outdoor setting is awesome.  So we came back and parked ourselves on the wonderful, big bean bag chars. I ordered a beer tasting platter (of course, I LOVE beer) and Patrick had the wine tasting platter.  We also shared a dozen amazing oysters.  MMMM.  I let one of the oysters soak in my dark beer, and did a nice little shooter at the end. (Recommended by the waitress)  Pretty tasty!!

 

Wild on Waiheke.

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Now this is the life.
Now this is the life.
Beer and oyster shooter.
Beer and oyster shooter.
Wild on Waiheke.
Wild on Waiheke.
Beer and oyster shooter.
Beer and oyster shooter.
Delicious oysters.
Delicious oysters.

 

We also stopped at ‘Obsidian’,  ‘Passage Rock’,  ‘Peacock Sky’, ‘Man O’ War’, and ‘Cable Bay’.

Food and Wine pairing at Peacock Sky.
Food and Wine pairing at Peacock Sky.

Barrels and Barrels.  Peacock Sky.
Barrels and Barrels.
Peacock Sky.

Peacock Sky
Peacock Sky
Reflections.
Reflections.

From the vine, to the glass.
From the vine, to the glass.
From the vine, to the glass.
From the vine, to the glass.
Peacock Sky Vineyard with all the netting.
Peacock Sky Vineyard with all the netting.

The grape monster.
The grape monster.
Fall is here.
Fall is here.

Fall is here.
Fall is here.

 

‘Man O’ War’ was awesome!  The outdoor setting is right next to the ocean, where numerous people were taking a dip with the penguins.  Yes, penguins!!

Man O' War.

Ah, Wine and Platters never get old!
Ah, Wine and Platters never get old!
Bicycle in a tree. Leaving Passage Rock.
Bicycle in a tree. Leaving Passage Rock.

‘Cable Bay’ was our favourite.  Very pricey, but definitely worth it. Hands down, the best view and setting of all the vineyards.  You can set yourself up in a wonderful bean bag chair, and look out to the ocean with Auckland City in the horizon.  Did I mention a helicopter flew in, just for a tasting?  Pretty awesome.

Cable Bay.
Cable Bay.

Helicopter flying in for a tasting.
Helicopter flying in for a tasting.

If you haven’t been to ‘The Oyster Inn’, yet, I highly recommend going.  The service is crap (as usual) but the oysters were incredible!

Vineyard hopping is definitely an expensive getaway, but it was worth every penny!

Slow down buddy!
Slow down buddy!

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