Waiheke wineries: Our Top 5!
Renowned for its idyllic vineyards, world-class wine and food as well as superb views – Waiheke island is a must for an unforgettable mid week or weekend away. Better yet, this oasis lies only a 30 minute ferry ride away from Auckland’s CBD. Sit back, relax, prepare your tastebuds and settle into island time!
With close to 30 wineries on the island it would be rude to not visit at least one! With that said, we’ve rounded up our 5 top Waiheke wineries – bottoms up…
1. Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard – Oneroa
A firm favorite and for good reason, Mudbrick is worth a visit if not just to admire it’s gorgeous surrounds, ocean views and namesake mudbrick buildings. Picture wonderful gardens filled with sculpted hedges, fresh herbs and vegetables and beautiful blooms. Pair that with award-winning wine and one very impressive degustation menu and you’ve got yourself a dreamy environment to sip and eat the day away!
2. Casita Miro – Onetangi
Serious Spanish flair and a fun and relaxed dining experience await at Casita Miro. A unique Waiheke winery in many ways, expect to find big flavors, Spanish sherries and an incredible mosaic-encrusted garden that takes inspiration from Gaudi in Spain. On the menu you’ll find the likes of paella, goat cheese croquettes and churros. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
3. Poderi Crisci – Awaawaroa
Venture a little off the beaten track and you’ll be well-rewarded with an oasis that one could easily be mistaken for thinking you’d landed in the Tuscan countryside. Be transported to Italy as you indulge in rustic Italian a la carte, or the ever-popular Sunday long lunch (FYI – this takes approximately four and a half hours so buckle up and come with an appetite!) as well as pinot Grigio or perhaps the house-made limoncello (which packs a punch!). Wines are produced and bottled on site and it’s not hard to see why Poderi Crisci is well known for being a must-do on the island, and why you won’t want to leave! We couldn’t agree more with the winery’s motto – ‘there is always plenty more thyme in the garden, and there is always another ferry.’
4. Man O’ War Vineyard – Eastern End
Take the scenic route to the most remote of the waiheke wineries. A 30 minute drive from the ferry terminal will see you arrive at this charming beachfront tasting room (the only one of it’s kind on the island!). It’s all about good vibes at Man O’ War, feel free to wander about the lawn barefoot in true Kiwi style with a glass of wine in hand, perhaps taking a dip in the sea before parking up with a cheese platter and more wine. What could be better?! A truly idyllic oasis that welcomes a very leisurely day of wining and dining. Insider tip – put simply, it would be a CRIME not to try their very own Man O’ War Exiled Pinot Gris. We have a feeling you’ll be compelled to buy a bottle or two for the road after tasting this glorious drop!
5. Cable Bay – Oneroa
An institution on the island, Cable Bay is certainly a crowd pleaser. Views for as far as the eye can see over the Hauraki Gulf, a mixture of both relaxed and fine dining options, excellent vino and located close to the ferry – there’s a lot to love! One should absolutely indulge in a wine tasting here, followed by woodfired pizzas and lastly park up in one of the beanbags under the vines for a day well spent.
There you have it – five of the best Waiheke wineries to enjoy some of New Zealand’s most renowned food and drink. We couldn’t think of a better spot to do so! The hardest part is choosing which establishment to visit first – good luck and pinkies up!
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