A Winery Platter Tour of New Zealand

Petrolly, fallen over, and foxy are all wine tasting descriptors (thanks Wikipedia). Cat pee is another, and often describes the smell of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Cat pee smell aside, visiting wineries for a platter and a glass of wine is one of the pleasures we’ve discovered over the last year or so.

We haven’t been to every winery that serves platters but we’ll give it a good go, any recommendations from readers will be much appreciated. We recommend all wineries listed but if you twisted my drinking arm for three favourites I’d say Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga, Gladstone Vineyard in Carterton, and Brick Bay Wines in Snells Beach.

New Zealand Wine shows the wine growing areas and can link you to most, if not all, wineries in the country. If you don’t have the time for a wine enthusiast’s road trip you can taste your way through the regions at one of the country’s wine centres in Queenstown, GisborneNapier and Waiheke Island.

Snells Beach - Brick Bay Wines

Snells Beach – Brick Bay Wines

Tauranga - Mills Reef Winery

Tauranga – Mills Reef Winery

Rotorua - Volcanic Hills, you'll find the Tasting Room at the top of Skyline Rotorua

Rotorua – Volcanic Hills, you’ll find the Tasting Room at the top of Skyline Rotorua

Gisborne Wine Centre

Gisborne Wine Centre

Gisborne - Wrights Vineyard & Winery

Gisborne – Wrights Vineyard & Winery

Gisborne - Matawhero Wines

Gisborne – Matawhero Wines

Te Awanga (Hawkes Bay) - Clearview Estate

Te Awanga (Hawkes Bay) – Clearview Estate

Carterton - Gladstone Vineyard

Carterton – Gladstone Vineyard

Martinborough - Margrain Vineyard

Martinborough – Margrain Vineyard

South Island

Blenheim - Wairau River Winery

Blenheim – Wairau River Winery

Waipara - Waipara Springs Winery

Waipara – Waipara Springs Winery

Queenstown - The Winery (Wine Centre at 14 Beach Street)

Queenstown – The Winery (Wine Centre at 14 Beach Street)

Cromwell - Wooing Tree Winery

Cromwell – Wooing Tree Winery

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