Earlier this year we enjoyed taking Will Ferguson, travel writer for the Calgary Herald, out for a spot of wine touring - the Prinsy's way.
We were delighted with his write-up and his amusing way of taking his wine tasting skills less than seriously.
Part of a bigger road trip tour of New Zealand, Will's article has some great insights into what it's like as a traveller through Martinborough, Hawke's Bay to Gisborne.
"Our tour ended atop Te Mata Peak with a 360 panorama of the bay and the mountains beyond. How exactly we ended up there is not clear. I suspect wine was involved." - Will Ferguson, Calgary Herald
Hamish & Di
Photo Credit: Lee Warren
It’s an exciting time of year to be cruising wine country right now, with some of Hawke’s Bay’s best wineries rubbing their hands together for this year’s harvest.
And what a hot January it’s been! New Zealand just had one of the hottest Januaries in 150 years, and coupled with an ever-present summer breeze, the grapes are ripening faster than you can say ‘merlot cabernet blend’.
Hopping around the wineries this week our wine tour guests have enjoyed seeing first-hand the grapes ripening in the vineyard, and talking to winery folk about the delicious things to come.
Apparently it’s a year for Chardonnay & Syrah so we’ll be watching those ones particularly closely. Di has a soft spot for Viognier too so we’ll be sure to give that a fair tasting when the 2018 goes to bottle.
In the meantime of course there are loads of stunning wines from 2016, 2017 and earlier that are already available for a sneaky vineyard wine tasting.
We hope you get to enjoy some of Hawke’s Bay’s best wineries this season, and if you need a ride for your perfect wine tour be sure to let us know.
Hamish & Di
Photo credit: Moana Park Winery
You’ve heard of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the Central Otago Pinot, but if you’re new to Hawke’s Bay wines, let’s just say there’s a reason we call it “wine country”.
If you’re planning to book a wine tour at some stage, here’s a taster of what Hawke’s Bay wines are all about:
Keen to see for yourself?
We’ll help you learn lots and have fun along the way. Book now and see for yourself why our guests say Prinsy’s Tours exceeded their expectations. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Owner & Tour Guide
Recently the Prinsy's Wine Tour crew were lucky enough to head down to Martinborough for an overnighter, under the guise of "research & development". Why? We wanted to explore the area and find the very best spots to take our guests, as part of our new Guided Transfer service (which can include a trip from Wellington to Hawke's Bay via some nice wee hotspots). What a hard life!
On this trip our team checked out the local winery & tourism scene, and felt we needed to share a couple of our favourites, if you're ever heading that way.
If you don't know much about it, Martinborough is a small historical township in the Southern Wairarapa - a little over an hour from Wellington. It's got 20-something wineries and a boutique, laid back feel. Plus, the town and surrounding wineries are nice and condensed so it's easy to explore and make the most of your time.
Highlights of our own wine tour definitely included:
Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Sanctuary
Heading back to Hawkes Bay from Martinborough, a great way to break up the trip is a stop at the wildlife centre at Mount Bruce, where they do lots of great work with conservation and education. The walk through native bush even has wheelchair access and it's a great chance to see rare and endangered birds of New Zealand, including the only white kiwi in captivity, as well as other native wildlife.
Planning your own trip?
For more information on a Guided Transfer of your own (to make the most of travel time between Wellington, Hawkes Bay and/or Auckland and anywhere in between), talk to us today - we'd love to help plan the perfect trip for you and show you the sights through local eyes.
Every now and then we are lucky enough to be involved in a momentous event in Hawkes Bay. Later this year, one of those events takes place as the Lions rugby team tour New Zealand and make their way to the provinces. We're all geared up to take all the touring Lions' fans out to see our little slice of paradise in Hawke's Bay and have already had several few jump on-board our wine tours in the last couple of weeks. We can't wait!
A few years ago we were lucky enough to have ex-Lion Gareth 'Coochie' Chilcott join us for a wine tour. Gareth and his group of mates had a great time, even providing Prinsy's Tours with this awesome testimonial:
"During my six weeks down in New Zealand for the Lions tour, without doubt one of the finest days was when myself and friends went on a wine tasting tour of Napier and Hawke's Bay with Prinsy's. Hamish our guide was great and of course the scenery and wine were outstanding.
This year we got all excited and dressed up in our rugby finest for a wine tour of our own - check out the pics below!
If you or your friends are keen to explore Hawke's Bay, we'd love to take you out and show you the sights and tastes - no matter which team you roar for!
Hamish & Diane Prins
In this blog, the owners of Prinsys - and your future tour guides - keep you updated and help you make the most of your time in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
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