With a scattering of exceptional wineries in this beautiful corner of Aotearoa, a visit to Gisborne wouldn’t be complete without a day of wine tasting. From award-winning Chardonnay to Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Malbec, there’s a beautiful variety of wine to entice every palette. Visit our top cellar doors and enjoy discovering yours!
Head out west crossing the Waipaoa River and you’ll come to Wrights Vineyard and Winery – a long-standing family of winegrowers with some wines coming from the oldest Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and Syrah vines in New Zealand. Cellar doors are open October – April or by appointment for gourmet pizzas, wonderful wine, and a relaxed family environment.
Cycle Gisborne offers a pedal-powered Vineyard Tour popular with wine buffs who prefer to sample the region's best wines by bike. Tours include a bike, helmet, 3 wine tastings, a vineyard lunch, with the option for a personal guide upon request. Group rates are available.
Two of the most popular vineyards in Matawhero are dotted around Riverpoint and part of the Central Valley. Matawhero Wines is a hotspot for gourmet platters and wine tasting amidst the vines and olive trees. There’s also an underground cellar which is home to vintage Matawhero wines and other iconic New Zealand wines. Cellar door opening times run from February to March, but it always pays to call and check availability.
Neighbouring Bushmere Estate Wines also offers a fine wining and dining experience – with the onsite Vines restaurant open year-round, you can enjoy a beautiful meal prepared by local chefs with a selection of wine flights upon availability amidst the vineyards.
At the day's end, head to the waterfront for an unforgettable night of wining and dining. Tucked away in the inner harbour marina are the city’s premier wine cellar and tasting room. Gisborne Wine Centre offers guided tastings to highlight the best Gisborne wines in the region with the onsite restaurant Crawford Road Kitchen offering a lavish selection of divine dishes to enjoy for dinner.
For more great vineyards download the Gisborne Wine Map.