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“one of our highlights !!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Koteka Winery

Koteka Winery
Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
00682 24594
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Ranked #5 of 9 Attractions in Muri
Type: Wineries, Adventure
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Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“one of our highlights !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

doing wine tours in new zealand for a job i loved visiting the most eclectic cellar door i think ive ever visited!
owner is friendly and welcoming and you walk out feeling like youve spent time with family or a close friend
absolutely loved this place and would highly recommend everyone spend a little time here...wines are really interesting and liqueurs could no doubt be dangerous lol!! ....pearl in raros crown ..thank you!!

Visited August 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“They ran out of wine!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Had read reviews on here about this winery so thought it would be a good thing for the girls to do on my 'Hen' afternoon. After a few wines at our resort we wandered down to Koteka and to our disappointment they had run out of wine! It was ok though, we wandered back to the resort and down to Sails for some cocktails in the sun :)

Visited July 2012
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Irvine, CA
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“Quirky...off-the-beaten path, Koteka's is a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Warning: Koteka Winery is not for the faint of heart!

If you're expecting a fancy wine tasting bar/vineyard, you will hate this place. Koteka's "tasting room" is basically a converted garage space at his house with random recycled tubs and bottles filled with his own concoctions of wine and liquors. You tastings are poured into tiny plastic shot cups where you're seated on fold out chairs while wasps that live in one of the cabinets flies in and out of the open window. When we asked why the wasps are there, Koteka's answer was "they were here first, so we built around them".

My description so far doesn't sound very appealing but it's such a great place for those who like the eccentricities of traveling and local culture. Koteka is a native Cook Islander who just happens to be an amateur wine and liquor maker. He uses natural ingredients from the land to produce such delicacies as coconut liquor and banana wine. As you can see by my name, I'd like to think that I have a seasoned palate for spirits and this is by no means anything close to being the best I've ever had. In fact, some of the ones that we tried were almost undrinkable. Some, on the other hand, were decent. The allure of this place isn't the alcohol but the man himself welcoming people into his "home".

The bottles also make a great souvenir to take back home and share a piece of the Cook Islands with those who weren't so lucky to be there. He isn't open all the time and the place isn't easy to find. The only way you'll see it is by walking/scootering along the main road on the Southern end of the island and looking for his chalkboard sign. You'll need to follow the dirt road at the sign past several houses and farms and there will be another chalkboard sign outside of his house. If the sign is not up, he's not open. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

Visited May 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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“The Banana wine guy made my Cook Island experience even better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We were mopeding around the island when we happened upon the chalkboard reading "Banana Wine Tasting." We were intrigued so we headed up the road and met the Banana wine man. It was not much past 10:30am and he was already 2 sheets to the wind. He gave us a tour of his home and showed us the process and ingredients he had just picked that morning all while giving us shot after shot of his delicious product. After every 7th or 8th shot, he would ask us if we were driving to which we would respond, "yes," and he would respond with well I guess just one more than. 4-6 later, the process would repeat until we got into the heavy hitters... the banana vodka and whiskey. Its even more epic than the wine! I highly encourage everyone who visits Raratonga to visit this man and take home as many of his bottles as you can afford. Have him label the whiskey or vodka as wine and you can take home even more!

Visited July 2011
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Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand
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“Great Host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

We called in late in the arvo and were welcomed like long lost friends. We enjoyed many tastings, the favorite "Banana Vodka"!!! Wow, would never have thought drinking Vodka straight could taste that incredible. The Host told us many things about Rarotonga, getting that local knowledge was just an added bonus. This should be on your to do list if you enjoy tasting paradise in a glass.

Visited April 2012
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