Auck­land winer­ies

In­creas­ing num­bers of winer­ies around Auck­land re­gion are be­com­ing Cer­ti­fied Sus­tain­able op­er­a­tions. This means they’ve adopted holis­tic pro­grammes to man­age their vine­yard and win­ery prac­tices in or­der to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment while ef­fi­ciently and eco

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Fifty min­utes drive north of Auck­land and awarded ‘Best Win­ery Ex­pe­ri­ence’ by Metro Mag­a­zine, Brick Bay Vine­yard at Snells Beach is an ab­so­lute must-visit. Boast­ing one of the most jaw-drop­pingly scenic sites in the re­gion, it pro­duces suc­cu­lent pinot gris, sum­mer-friendly rosé and con­cen­trated Bordeaux-style red blends – but I’ve also been told they serve sen­sa­tional cof­fee. Peck­ish? You can pick over a freshly pre­pared plat­ter on the deck of The Glass House, Brick Bay’s spec­tac­u­lar all-weather tast­ing room be­fore work­ing it off on the 2km worl­drenowned Sculp­ture Trail. Liv­ing proof of Brick Bay’s com­mit­ment to their eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment is in the ca­coph­ony of croak­ing com­ing from the var­i­ous lakes on the prop­erty. Per­me­able skin means chem­i­cals and pol­lu­tants will flow di­rectly into frogs’ bod­ies with nasty con­se­quences. A large amount of en­er­getic am­phib­ians on hand is al­ways tes­ti­mony to a healthy en­vi­ron­ment. Brick Bay is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Find it at Ara­bella Lane, Snells Beach, Wark­worth, ph 09 425 4690 or visit brick­ Shel­ley Trot­ter and Gary Heaven own Mahu­rangi River Wines, a small but tastily formed win­ery res­tau­rant 60km north of Auck­land. Chardon­nay, syrah, mer­lot, mal­bec and caber­net sau­vi­gnon are grown on the 50-acre prop­erty which has covenanted ar­eas of na­tive bush, open pas­ture and 17 acres of north-fac­ing vines. With fresh fish al­ways on the menu along­side lo­cal oys­ters and their leg­endary lamb’s fry, stop­ping here for lunch is a no-brainer. The win­ery and res­tau­rant are sep­a­rated by a glass win­dow so you can watch the team work­ing from the com­fort of your ta­ble – un­less of course it’s vin­tage and chances are you’ll be asked to come and help hand-plunge the reds. Make sure you try their stun­ning cel­lar door-only Re­serve Chardon­nay and ask Gary to take you for an arm-wave around the vine­yard or a tour of the win­ery. Mahu­rangi River is open from 11am to 4pm, Thurs­day to Mon­day, ph 09 425 0306. Find it at 162 Hamil­ton Road, Wark­worth. Mahu­ran­

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