You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which wineries to visit at Waiheke Island.
There are so many options and most are conveniently located on the bus routes so you can use them as a hop-on -hop-off type service. Perfect if you want to squeeze in plenty of wine tasting right?
Stonyridge Vineyard was the fist and only winery I visited in New Zealand. It ended up being a random choice because we just decided to get off the bus at the stop just outside.
First impressions? A lot more lush and green when compared to Australian wineries in the Hunter and Barossa regions.
They had super cute decor arrangements with barrels as seats and tables and provisioned for outdoor and indoor areas as well.
One of the best things about Stonyridge Vineyard? Easily the ahh-mazing view!
The beautiful rolling hills with farm life, and cows and horses in the distance is a nice relaxed break from chaotic city life. And all this to enjoy with crisp white wines and cheese platters.
We picked the brie cheese platter to share which came with dried fruits and other fancy nibbles.
Since I am quite the novice with wines, I stuck to my white wines when it came to tasting. The Fallen Angel Method Traditionnelle was by far my favourite as I have a weak spot for sparkling wines.
The wines could be tasted individually if you only wanted to try a select few, or if you have more time they also offer them in packages.
Check out the menu [pdf file]- in my opinion Stonyridge Vineyard was very reasonably priced and if I had more time I would have love to have lunched there as well. It would have been a good way to let my tipsyness wear off as well *oops*
No booking is necessary but probably ideal if you are in a large group or just incase they have large group of people coming in from wine touring buses.
Visit Stonyridge Vineyard at – 80 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.