Mudbrick Vineyard (126 Church Bay Rd, Oneroa 1081, Waiheke Island) - Mudbrick Vineyard is one of the most beautifully set vineyards on Waiheke Island and, quite possibly, in New Zealand itself. And the wines live up to the setting. The Reserve Syrah impressed on repeated visits to Mudbrick Vineyard - as it should at $52 a bottle. Also worthy of note is the Reserve Viognier.
Kennedy Point (44 Donald Bruce Rd, Surfdale, Waiheke Island) - One of better known wineries on Waiheke Island , Kennedy Point produces a fine Sauvignon Blanc (usually more associated with the Marlborough region of New Zealand ) and an excellent Syrah. With four vineyards around Waiheke Island , all of Kennedy Point are produced organically - a fact which is somewhat undersold by the propietors.
Stonyridge Vineyard (80 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, Waiheke) - One of New Zealand's most prestigous vineyards. Perhaps most well known for its flagship Larose wine (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot), Stonyridge Vineyard also produces a fine Malbec.
Jurassic Ridge (144 Church Bay Road, RD1 Oneroa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand) - Jurassic Ridge is one of New Zealand's lesser known vineyards and their wines are not commonly available. Winemaker Lance, an irrepressible sort, makes a fine range of wines including a Rose Syrah (very fine) and a Sav Blanc (from a block in Marlborough ) and a very fine straight Syrah - on my last visit I picked up a very fine bottle of the 2008 Syrah, a fine purchase indeed.
Waiheke Island - Mudbrick from the air - Mudbrick Vineyard seen from a helicopter ride over Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island - Mudbrick Vineyard - View of the Mudbrick Vineayard on Waiheke Island
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook