Very few vineyards outside of France have succeeded in crafting a Bordeaux blend on par with the tastes of the Old World. One of those spots is Stonyridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island’s most prestigious winery and one of the best in New Zealand. Set in a rolling, north-facing valley just half a mile from the beach, Stonyridge Vineyard organically produces some fine, award-winning reds, including the heralded Larose Cab blend that’s bested some of the France’s best wines in international competition.
When visiting Stonyridge Vineyard today, sit and enjoy a glass of their wine while gazing out over the vineyards, nibbling on trays of tasty charcuterie that perfectly pair with the wine. For visitors staying in nearby Auckland, visit with a guided food and wine tour that spends the day touring the island.
Insider Tip: Every year, Stonyridge throws one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in New Zealand.
When visiting from Auckland, enjoy the 35-minute cruise on the ferry to Waiheke Island. From here you can take a bus or taxi, or visit as part of a guided tour. Public tours are held Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am.