A stunning scenic drive from Matiatia Bay along narrow, winding roads brought us to the first port of call on our Taste of Waiheke Tour, Stonyridge Vineyard.
It wasn’t long before we were greeted with a lovely smile and a tray of welcome tipple.
Gathering in the dappled shade of the olive grove, we heard more about the superb wines we were tasting in the company of gnarly aged cork trees.
Stonyridge became the first commercial olive grove in New Zealand after friends and family initially planted the trees in 1982.
The first Bordeaux vines were planted the same year followed by Cabernet Franc and Malbec in 1983. Owner Stephen White produced the first vintage two years later and Stonyridge is now recognised as the home of world class Bordeaux style red wine. There was no shortage of comfortable seating to relax and savour a beverage while enjoying the expansive vista across the north facing vineyard.
Tables were set for our little group and we selected a wine to accompany the delicious quiche & salad.
We would have been happy to stay all afternoon but this was just the beginning.