There’s nothing quite like a tour on Waiheke.
A little while ago my friends and I headed across to Waiheke Island to celebrate the end of their post-grad studies. We booked in a wine tour, which turned out to be a Beer, Wine and Spirits tour, and set out one Saturday morning to spend the day on the island before the tour.
The tour itself began in the afternoon, so we boarded the shuttle bus with about 15 other people and our excellent (and entertaining) tour driver, and headed off. We visited 3 different places, one for beer, wine and spirits.
The first stop was Cove, a fun restaurant on the edge of Oneroa. I have to tell you something before continuing: I hate beer. There aren’t many drinks I dislike more than beer, and yet here we were, trying 4 different beers which were apparently delicious and niche and well made etc etc. *shrugs* Nothing on Cove, of course, or the beer that they supply, it’s just not me. Each year I think I’ve gotten a little older and maybe this will be the year that I start to like it. But no.
“We do local, small batch, hand crafted, flavour fuelled beers, with equally exciting high quality meals and local wines.” – Cove website
Next up was wine, and we headed up to the highest in elevation winery on the island: The Bach. I went to the Bach last time I was here, but it was just as good the second time round. Their whites are especially nice, and while I’m not a red fan, they weren’t bad.
The last stop was Dellows, which is a distillery and winery. We tasted a very yummy peppermint liquor, some moonshine (which made me feel very country), and then lemon-cello. They had so many different varieties of vodkas too, all lined up beautifully on the shelf, but I was especially intrigued by the feijoa vodka, but alas, I didn’t get to try it. Right at the end, after having stuffed our faces with popcorn, we bought a chocolate liquor to try and oh my gosh you guys. So good!
“Dellows Distillery is known for premium Spirits, Liqueurs, and Wine. We use only natural botanicals and with no synthetic flavours or additives in any of our products.” – Dellows Wesbite
Now that I’ve done two tours on Waiheke, I can definitely say with confidence that they are a) a lot of fun, b) give you lots of background information on the places you go to and how they make their drinks and c) delicious. Unless, of course, you don’t like beer.
Have you been on one of the Waiheke wine tours?