Kiwis are known to be avid winemakers and drinkers and with more than 500 wineries throughout the country, it would be hard to not indulge in our top-quality vino. Whether it’s a girls’ trip, a family celebration, or just a fun day out, visiting one of the many wineries within New Zealand is a must-do and now more than ever would be a great support to our local tourism industry.
In the hope that more Kiwis will ‘support local’, a group of local and passionate wine makers have come together to create Wineries out West, a collaboration dedicated to showcasing the best of the awarded wine region, West Auckland.
The collaboration venture comes as an opportunity to showcase the historical story of the wine region as it has experienced massive change throughout the years. West Auckland has been at the forefront in developing new wine styles, trialing new grape varieties and importantly, developing and growing new international markets.
Wineries out West invites locals to visit wine regions from across New Zealand without ever leaving Auckland. They offer casual or group wine tastings, café and restaurant dining through to picnic options, all set within picturesque surroundings.
Here, we provide you with our top six wineries to visit in West Auckland.
1. Babich Wines
Established in 1916, this family owned winery exports to multiple markets around the world and boasts one of the most stunning vineyard views in Auckland. Located in Henderson Valley, Babich Wines will tantalise your taste buds with a selection of New Zealand’s best wine regions.
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2. Coopers Creek
With a reputation for producing some of the finest regional wines, Coopers Creek is a must-visit Auckland attraction. Set in the idyllic landscape of the heart of Kumeu, the family-owned winery provides for a great day out.
Visit Coopers Creek
3. Westbrook Winery
As one of the country’s oldest and most respected wineries, it would be unjust to not take a visit. The skilled winemakers of Westbrook combine traditional techniques with new innovations to produce signature stand-out wines such as their chardonnays and rieslings. Located in the Ararimu Valley of Waimauku, not only is the wine delightful but the surroundings too.
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4. Kumeu River
Ran by the Brajkovich family, Kumeu River has been internationally recognised for its world-class wine, particularly its chardonnay. Set in a stunning location, the winery spreads across 30 hectares and produces 250,000 bottles annually.
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5. Soljans Estate
Sat at the gateway to the Kumeu wine country, Soljans provides for the ultimate winery experience. With something to suit every palate, visitors are invited to sample award-winning wines in the cellar door before relaxing and indulging in exceptional New Zealand cuisine in the highly acclaimed cafe.
Visit Soljans Estate
6. The Hunting Lodge Winery
Perched upon Waimauku’s rolling hills, and covered in idyllic vines, lies The Hunting Lodge Winery. Known for its eatery Lawn Bar, the winery offers delectable dishes and tasting paddles made up of the finest craft brews and vino in the region. Come dressed up or dressed down and enjoy a home away from home experience.
To learn more visit: wineriesoutwest.co.nz