In the past ten years the number of New Zealand vineyards has risen to well over 500 and the varieties of wines produced have increased dramatically. Many of the vineyards, however, are not open to the public, or are open by appointment only or for a very limited period. This timely guide details over 150 wineries, from tiny boutique vineyards and old Dalmatian wineries under the house in West Auckland through to the most sophisticated vineyard restaurants and foodie cafes. All the main grape-growing areas are included: Waiheke, Marlborough, Martinborough, Hawke's Bay and Central Otago, as well as lesser-known vineyards in Taranaki, Manawatu, South Canterbury and coastal Otago. Vineyard Visits is the perfect guidebook for an entertaining visit to an interesting location with some good food and wine when you get there. Includes key information on: location, ambience, opening hours, tasting charges, food information, wine specialisation and wine information.
Peter Janssen, author of 1001best things to see and do in New Zealand and Short Walks Around Auckland is an enthusiastic, erudite and experienced traveller and champion of Heartland New Zealand who believes in keeping it real. Previously Publishing Manager for Reed NZ, he is now indulging in his passion for travel, people and good wine and is a regular contributor to Good Morning as a local travel expert.