Nor West News : January 13th 2011
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Open: Mon-Fri, Sat by Appointment only 14 Matua Road, Huapai Ph: 412 6199 Mob: 021 207 6306 Facials Tinting Packages Massage Manicures Reiki Pedicures Waxing Under 18s Club Reflexology Spray Tan Gift Vouchers Range of Balinese gifts available for Christma s Spiritual Pots, Balinese Art, Herbal Tea Sets, Aromatherapy Candles plus more 1 WEST STREET, HELENSVILLE • PH: 0800 833 399 Renovating around the Home or Farm? Fence Battens 1.14m 50 x 40mm White Solagard 8L -Gloss -Semi Gloss -LowSheen Fence Finish 10L Assorted Colours 20mm LD Polypipe x 100m $18500 $113 ea $3995 $9995 HOT DEAL Fine wines await on Kumeu trail NOR-WEST NEWS Wine has been made in the Kumeu area for more than 75 years. To many, it is New Zealand s heri- tage wine region. Some of the early names from the industry, Soljans, Nobilo, Braj- kovich and Ivicevich, call it their home. But today, new names mingle with the old. There are 10 stops on the wine trail with 14 different producers offer- ing wines for tasting. Some are tiny artisan operators but larger wineries like source grapes from all over New Zealand. It is no wonder that the phrase: Come to Kumeu to taste the wines of New Zealand is one of the marketing mantras. The wines are listed with a number to coincide with the map. 1. Soljans: 366 State Highway 16, Kumeu, www.soljans .co.nz, ph 412-5858. The cellar door opens daily during the sum- mer, 9am to 5.30pm, and wine tastings are free except for groups of 10 or more when a charge of $5 a head applies. Wine tours can be arranged by appointment. A charge of $8 per person applies for tour only, or $12 per per- son for a wine tasting and tour. Cheese platters and vintner s platters can be arranged to accompany the tasting at an additional cost. The adjacent winery restaurant also opens daily and bookings are recommended. Soljans make a wide range of varietals with grapes from Marlbor- ough and Gisborne as well as from the vineyards surrounding the winery. The most popular wines are the sparkling muscat named Fusion, Kumeu pinot gris and tawny port. 2. Wine and Art: 505 SH16, Kumeu, www.gal leryq.co.nz, ph 412-8501. Five local boutique wine producers show their wine in this evoca- tive art gallery setting. Waimarie Wines from Muriwai Valley, Mahana Ridge and Waimauku Sands from Waimauku, Kaipara Estate from South Kaipara Head and Aotea Vineyard from Shelly Beach comple- ment each other with their diverse range of artisan wines. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 5.30pm, tastings are usually free although groups should inquire. 3. Kumeu River: 550 SH16, Kumeu, www.kumeuriver.co .nz, ph 412-8415. One of the most inter- nationally recognised New Zealand wine names and one of the country s most outstand- ing chardonnay producers. Kumeu River opens Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday, 11am to 5pm. As well as the pre- mium, sought-after Chardonnays, the new Kumeu River Cellar Door chardonnay, $10 a bottle, is exclusive to the cellar door. Wine tast- ings are usually free although a charge does apply to groups, who must book in advance. 4. Kerr Farm: 48 Dysart Lane, Kumeu, www.kerrfarm wine.co.nz, ph 412-7575. Open for tasting and cellar door sales on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm. Relaxed, informative tastings are held by Jaison Kerr around a big oak table. A $10 per head charge applies for groups of eight or more. Try the pinotage and a rare Auckland sauvignon blanc grown on the estate. 5. Nobilo Winery: 45 Station Rd, Huapai, www.nobilo. co.nz, ph 412-6662. One of the grand names of New Zealand wines dating back to 1943. The company is now owned by US-based Constellation brands. However, the welcoming cellar door at the winery maintains tradition. Open for cellar door sales and tastings from 10am to 5pm in summer. As well as the Nobilo brand there are a number of well-known labels including Selaks, Drylands, Kim Crawford and Monkey Bay for tasting. Some overseas wines from the Constel- lation stable are also available. 6. Coopers Creek: 601 SH16, Huapai, www.coopers creek.co.nz, ph 412-8560. Open weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm, and weekends and public holidays 10.30am to 5.30pm, you ll find examples of emerging varietals such as Arneis and Gruner Veltliner at Coopers Creek, as well as the popular chardon- nay, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris and a range of reds. Grapes are sourced from the Huapai vineyard, as well as from Gisborne, Hawke s Bay and Marlborough. A tasting charge of $5 per person applies to groups. Jazz Sundays are held each Sunday afternoon during January. Take your picnic and enjoy wines and fruit and cheese platters from the cellar door. 7. Awa Valley Vine- yard: 74 Awa Rd, Kumeu, www.awa val- ley.co.nz, ph 412-6377. In 1999, Stuart and Colleen Cameron took over this vineyard devel- oped in the late 1960s. They open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11am to 6pm and there is no tasting fee. All grapes are estate grown and they have won several medals from the Bragato Wine Awards, most recently for the Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec blend. Most popular wines are chardonnay and a well-priced light, easy-drinking, Burgundy-styled old- vines pinot noir. 8. Matua Valley: Waikoukou Valley Rd, Waimauku, www. matua.co.nz, ph 411-8301. Open for cellar door sales and tastings 10am to 5pm daily, tastings are usually free but groups are charged $5 a person and large groups should book before they arrive. While a selection of wines is available for tasting, the entire range of Matua and Shingle Peak wine is available to buy. Grapes are sourced from Gisborne, Hawke s Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago as well as from the Waimauku estate. 9. Twin Totara: 816 Old North Rd, www.twintotara. co.nz, ph 411-9675. Open 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays only, Twin Totara is one of the newer stops on the trail, opening their cellar door in 2009. The father- and-son team specialise in wines made from their estate-grown cabernet franc and merlot grapes with a vertical of the Twin Totara red blend from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and a juicy rose for summer drinking. 10. West Brook: 215 Ararimu Valley Rd, Waimauku, www.westbrook.co. nz, ph 411-9924. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds com- plete with lake, water lil- ies and native trees, this tranquil back-country cellar door opens Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday and public holidays 11am to 5pm. A tasting fee applies to groups of eight or more. West Brook has been making a name for its chardonnay, both the Waimauku Estate and the Marlborough/ Waimauku blend, and while the Riesling and Pinot Gris are immensely popular, they have won champion trophies for the gewurztraminer, a new addition to the range, as well. Take a picnic or buy nibbles from the cellar door.
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