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Vince's World of Wine

Napier, Hawke's Bay

Vince's World of Wine

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NapierHawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's finest grape-growing regions and so it would be most impolite - not to say silly - for visitors to ignore the local wineries.

You can drive around and do your own personal tour but a more sensible way is to take a minibus trip and have someone else drive so you can partake of the delights on offer.

When TikiTouring ventured into Hawke's Bay we picked Vince's World of Wine as our winery guide and had a fabulous afternoon of excellent wines and entertaining commentary.

Vince runs an air-conditioned 10-seater minibus service and one of the great things is that you get picked up at your door from anywhere in the Napier area. It's a free service so you've got to be happy with that.

NapierThe half-day Vineyard Tours leave from Napier at 1pm and take in four or five wineries before returning you at around 5pm.

The wineries we visited were Matariki, Ngatarawa, Trinity Hill and the Mission. They were all really pleasant places to taste vino and learn about the different varieties on offer and, it has to be admitted, the tastings went down very smoothly.

Vince Picone is a knowledgeable wine buff and an excellent storyteller and has been leading tours around Hawke's Bay for some 15 years.

The cost of the half-day excursion is $55 per person and there is a really good value platter you can pre-order for an additional $10. It is well worth it.

- Richard Moore


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