Depart the pier for a scenic drive along the picturesque coastline of Hawke’s Bay, bound for Clearview Estate Winery. Founded by Tim Turvey and Helena van den Berg in the early 1980s, this winery is renowned for its friendly staff and quality wines. The rustic, art-filled cafe and tasting room are set in a sunny, sheltered location with views of the sea and Te Mata Peak.
Enjoy an informative talk about the history of the winery before a brief guided tour and a wine tasting session accompanied by a tasting platter of delectable local specialties.
Clearview wines are bold and forward with plenty of Hawke’s Bay fruity character. Best known are its Reserve Chardonnay and Enigma--a blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, while the Noble Harvest Chardonnay makes a delicious dessert wine.
Proceed to Abbey Cellars--established in 2005 by the Haworth family. Their focus is on small-volume production of Bordeaux-style red blends from selectively picked grapes grown on the red soils of "the triangle."
A cheese platter will also be provided.
At each winery, you will have the opportunity to sample some of their recent vintages and, of course, purchase some bottles to take home if you wish.
Minimum age is 18 years.
Corkage Policy: Onboard corkage fee is waived for one bottle of wine per person per tour for wine purchased during a Holland America Line shore excursion.