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New Zealand owned and operated, Ananda Tours is a family business that began in a modest way in October 1999. They now offer a range of tours on Waiheke Island.
‘New Zealand’s Island of Wine’
Waiheke has become home to a dedicated group of award-winning wine producers. With a unique micro-climate and the winemakers’ philosophy of “small is beautiful”, Waiheke has produced some of New Zealand’s most prestigious wines.
The Essence of Waiheke Tour
On this tour, you will visit three of Waiheke’s top vineyards and sample a range of their wines. Along the way enjoy a commentated scenic drive, learning about the Island’s history, geography, people and culture from your knowledgeable local guide. After your wine tasting experience sit back, relax and enjoy a lunch and a glass of Waiheke wine or beer.
The Gourmet’s Food and Wine Tour
Enjoy succulent fresh oysters, award-winning olive oil and other locally-produced specialty foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island’s top boutique vineyards. You will visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread and artisan cheeses. Afterwards, enjoy a platter lunch at one of the top vineyard restaurants.
Red or White?
New Zealand’s wines are world famous and in demand, although for many people, and many supermarket shelves, New Zealand wine=Sauvignon Blanc. And the very aromatic, fruit driven and quite acidic “Kiwi style Savvy” at that.
This is a shame. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s most widely planted varietal, it can also be argued that it is the least significant when compared to some of the truly outstanding and world class wines being produced by innovative, quality obsessed winemakers with an intimate understanding of terroir and tradition.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with the Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Brancott and Villa Maria wines that we are familiar with, the real pleasure comes from finding the wines that you’ll rarely, if ever, see outside of New Zealand, and meeting and chatting to the people who made them.