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“Lovely afternoon”

Vines and Views Tours
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Napier Afternoon Wine Tour
Ranked #9 of 24 Food & Drink in Napier
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Owner description: Napier tours. Come with us, in our ten seated, air conditioned tour bus, to experience some of the best wines and views this region has to offer. Guided by experienced vineyard manager Ross Lepper and culminates at his exclusive viewing platform high above the Hawke's Bay vineyards.
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“Lovely afternoon”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Just spent a lovely afternoon at three Hawkes Bay vineyards before travelling through hilly farm land to reach a lookout with fantastic views, where our host Ross provided cheese, biscuits and other goodies to nibble while we look out over Hawkes Bay. The view was sublime. The vineyards we visited and tasted at were The Church, Mission and Esk Valley, the wines were great and two had facilities to send wine back to Australia. Ross is very knowledgable about the region and wines and the afternoon met all our expectations.

Visited May 2013
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“Local Doctor says this is the tour to take.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

I've lived in Hawkes Bay for 27 years and recently took leave having been lucky enough to get a locum
for six months. So what to do while enjoying the Hawkes Bay sunshine? Ross, owner and operator of "Vines and Views" had the answer for me.

I can whole heartedly recommend this trip. I did the half day winery tour but this was no ordinary winery tour. Yes, the usual wine tastings (4 wineries, no extra charges, entertaining purveyors of good NZ wine) but the X factor on the trip was getting into the "bowels" of a winery and seeing the vats, gooey grapes, presses, separation machinery, and fermentations that take place. Then to top it all off a trip up a rugged New Zealand Road in a comfortable four wheel drive bus to the lookout where great views back to Napier (and beyond) are augmented by a yummy cheese platter and a glass of famous NZ sauvignon blanc.


Visited April 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“excellent wine tour”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

well selected vineyards with an informed and involved guide, cheese platter with wine at viewing platform a real highlight, also enjoyed some behind the scenes elements to tour

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonderful Day Out”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

What a great day visiting three wineries with a wine expert. Small group which made the day even better. Tasting the grapes off the vines was all a great experience and the inside knowledge from the person who planted the grapes just added to the experience.. Late afternoon wine and nibbles at an exclusive lookout with magnificent views just topped off an excellent day. Thanks again for a brillant day and would highly recommend it to all wine lovers. Napier is a lovely place to visit and wish we had more time as we were on a cruise ship and only had a day their. Much better value than the ship tours as well.

Visited March 2013
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“Magical day in Napier”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We organized this shore excursion from Australia with Ross.. What a magical day. From the moment we stepped into the decorated mini van ,Ross was very obliging and told us the day was ours .We were informed about the beautiful art deco buildings in Beautiful Napier, visited the Tobacco Company.We sampled wines from beautifully landscaped wineries,.Listened to local band music while tasting beers and cider and sampled some of the fresh fruit and homemade ice-cream.
The weather was perfect and the scenery stunning.The drive through the countryside and up the mountain to Ross's platform in the sky was wonderful.Here we dined on fresh NZ cheese and biscuits while sipping NZ wine all supplied by Ross.The view across the valleys and Napier was stunning.
On the way back to the ship Ross drove us through some of the beautiful housing estates. as some of our group are dog lovers friendly Ross organized for us to meet his 2 dogs in the park. They were even dressed for the occasion. Our day extended well beyond the advertised hours for the excursion but we arrived back at our cruise ship in plenty of time. Thanks Ross for such a memorable, friendly and informative day. We would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.. Members of Inner Wheel Club of Rockhampton Sunset

Visited February 2013
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