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September Queenstown Wine Research Trip

13 September 2017

I'm just back from another reconnaissance trip to Queenstown before the high wine tour season kicks off with the onset of cruise ship arrivals. I'm always keeping an ear to the ground for the possibility of expansion back to the place I spent so much time in my youth. 


John's Wine of the Week : Runner Duck Joy Methode Traditionelle NV

27 July 2017

This is a "fermented in the bottle" Sparkling Cremant made of Cabernet France. After being pressed off skin, the base cuvees of three different vintages have been fermented, clarified and racked before being aged and then blended. With the addition of some sugar and Champagne yeast to create the Liquer de Triage" the wine was then fermented for the second time on crown seal for 3 weeks. The wine has then spent two and half years on lees before disgorgement has this has added depth an complexity from yeast Autolysis. A dry sparkling wine with a very fine and persistent bead, it has the faintest hint of pink in color. Faint aromas of raspberry and cherry blossom on the nose and a hint of breadiness. On the palate it is classically full with white peach, raspberry and nectarine intertwined with toast, brioche and savory meal. It's a complex refined and delicious sparkling wine perfect as an aperitif or paired with Crayfish, Crabmeat or Sushimi. It is only available at the Restaurant to buy on the Matakana Coastal Getaway Tour NZ$40 bottle


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 5 stars 2017

26 June 2017

For the 6th year in a row we've taken a 5 star TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. It really makes the commitment and long term approach to doing this feel worthwhile. This year sees expansion and some merchandising and other inclusions will push the bar up a notch for the competition. We're still number 1 for all the Wine and Food tours and number 2 of all the tours in the Auckland and Waiheke regions so quite frankly it doesn't get much better than that. CHEERS!  #tours #nzwinetours #nzwine #wine #Marlborough #Centralotago #Auckland #hawkesbay #martinborough #waipara #waihekeisland @airnewzealand @ateed @cusinemag @purenewzealand #nzwinepro


21st June In the Apac Insider New Zealand Business Awards 2017 NZWINEPRO wins : MOST LUXURY WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE 2017 - AUCKLAND...

21 June 2017

I'm extremely happy to have taken this prestigious award. It is of course true. Based on the superior vehicles we operate, combined with the other attributes of being Qualmark approved and industry endorsed, NZWINEPRO is the leading wine tourism business in New Zealand and growing. With a plan being put into place to collaborate with Villa Maria Estate.. watch this space.


Arataki UMF 10 Manuka Honey now available to buy

07 June 2017

If you go on the Vineyards Honey & Black Sand beach tour, as part of the inclusions is a tasting of 4 different flora honeys. One of them is the medical grade UMF 10 Manuka honey from Arataki in the Hawkes Bay. So many clients on tours wanted to buy it or who had already bought some other honey and paid too much. So if you want the real deal at a great price, just let us know in advance and we'll bring a pot for you. We don't carry a lot in stock because it's not cheap, but it does have amazing qualities around being a potent antibiotic specifically against


Check out my wine pick for the week in the NZWINEPRO Facebook page

31 May 2017

Check out my favorite wine of the week. Martinborough 2013 Home Block Pinot Noir



01 May 2017

We've won two great awards with the most recent being "Most Luxury Wine Tasting Experience 2017 - Auckland by Apac Insider Magazine in the New Zealand Business Awards 2017. We've also taken best Wine Tour Operator in Australia and New Zealand by Luxury Travel Guide Magazine UK. So if you want to see why we win all these awards and accolades.. book a tour and find out.


NZWINEPRO - Number 1 ranked wine and food tour in Auckland by TripAdvisor

17 March 2017

It's been an incredible summer and I'm pleased to have retained the title of Number 1 Wine and Food Tour (and the number 2 tour in the whole of Auckland) by TripAdvisor throughout. Most of the clients I get seem to often mention how much history and cultural and economic information they receive on a tour and are surprised to find the depth of wine knowledge imbibed upon them. With a background in the wine industry and decades of Hotel, hospitality and tourism behind that it's not surprising. There are a number of wine tour companies operating where the owner/guides actually have a scant knowledge of what they talking about because none of them has ever actually worked in any position in the wine industry at all. At best you're getting a driver and anyone can do that. That's why when you go to the biggest and most prestigious wine Estate in Auckland like Villa Maria Estate the only Wine Tour brochure you'll see permitted there there is NZWINEPRO. It's the same at Kumeu River Wines, the famous Brajkovich family winery. These companies are very selective about who they endorse and who they are prepared to be represented by and that's why we get private behind the scenes access to barrel rooms and production areas. So I'd like to thank all the reviewers that took the time too share their experience and have kept NZWINEPRO as the Number 1 Wine Tour in Auckland. I genuinely believe we deserve it!! John 


NZWINEPRO Wins Best Wine Tour Operator for Australasia 2017

03 March 2017

I'm delighted to have taken best wine tour operator for New Zealand and Australia for the second year running by prestigous Luxury Travel Guide Media. This award is based on multiple criteria, but is a combination of algorithms based on reviews, social media and consistently high quality feedback from travel organizations and clients. So thanks for whoever nominated us and to the judging panel for this amazing second award.


Wine of the Month - Kim Crawford Wild Grace Chardonnay 2015

25 December 2016

The Small Parcels “Wild Grace” Chardonnay is named for the rugged beauty of the landscape surrounding our Hawke’s Bay vineyards, as well as the complexity and elegance of this wild-fermented Chardonnay. This is our first Small Parcels Chardonnay since 2007. 


February 17th / NZWINEPRO - 435 REVIEWS - Number 1 tour of 159 Tours in Auckland by TripAdvisor

12 November 2016

I'm delighted to have received my 34th review from a loyal TripAdvisor client. 1 Fraudulent review has popped up but what can you do about those idiots that do that. All the reviews can be seen by clicking the TripAdvisor Badge in the website. Thanks so much for all your support.


22nd Oct' 100 Bookit Reviews - Read the latest one! Thanks George!!

21 October 2016

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17th Sept' 2016 - Wine of the Week - Runner Duck Pinot Gris 2015

17 September 2016

This is a delicious little aromatic wine you can try and/or buy at Runner Duck Estate on the Matakana Coastal Getaway.


5th Oct' 2016 - TRIPADVISOR : ranks NZWINEPRO #1 of 143 Tours in Auckland

22 August 2016

WOW! Thats's not just number 1 for Wine and Food Tours but for ALL the tours in Auckland!! 


Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2014

21 May 2016

This chardonnay is the flagship of Kumeu River Wines. At NZ$30 per bottle from the winery it's very good value. French in style, (Mersault to be specific) and made with natural wild yeasts, it is a delicious and sophisticated food wine. Michael Brajkovich and his assistant of 40 years Nigel Tibbits are the wine makers. At the winery Monday to Friday there is a small team of dedicated people focused on making their superb portfolio of wine, 50% of which is exported to the the UK, USA, Australia and Europe.  In New Zealand the Brajovich Family Kumeu River label is seen in the best restaurants and fine wine merchants throughout the country. Mate' Brajkovich, Michael's father was a pioneer and innovator of the New Zealand Wine Industry serving as Chairman of the NZ Wine Institute over many years for which he was awarded an OBE from HRH Queen Elizabeth II


NZWINEPRO - Winner BEST Auckland Wine Tour Operator 2016 - Luxury Travel Guide

26 April 2016

We're delighted to have won this award for the 2016 Holiday and Tour Specialist Awards by prestigious Luxury Travel Guide for:  


Frequently asked questions about the tours

21 April 2016

I'm going to add a FAQ button to the website at some stage but below are some answers to the most commonly asked questions in the enquiries I receive.


NZWINEPRO Gift Vouchers 20% off - till the end of May

18 April 2016

With 20% off Gift Vouchers, now is the time to buy the perfect present for your best mate, mum and dad.. or maybe yourself!! Contact the office 09 575 1958 - valid offer until end May 2016 - Vouchers are Track & Trace couriered to the recipient within Auckland. Courier fees are NZ$8


Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Adventure tour already proving popular

11 April 2016

I've reintroduced the Piha Waitakare Ranges tour for 2016/2017 with a new name,  some new inclusions and an earlier getaway time and return time. It now visits beautiful KareKare as well for a walk on the beach and a visit to the Karekare falls. Both Piha and Karekare are situated on the wild West Coast and are two of the gems in Auckland's crown as far as naturally beautiful, coastal, beach and rainforest locations are concerned.


Villa Maria Estate to Collaborate with NZWINEPRO for 2017

28 March 2016

From October 1st 2016 we will be operating a special 7 day Villa Maria Estate / Airport shuttle service . If you've got a flight out and some time on your hands, you can co-ordinate to go on this tour, take your luggage with you and be delivered direct to the Auckland domestic or international Airport. Excellent!


2015 / 2016 - It's been an amazing summer season!

18 March 2016

This has definitely been our busiest summer season in the entire time we've been in operation since 2002. I've met some amazing people from all over the world. 


The NZWINEPRO Blog is fixed!

03 March 2016

As sad as I am to lose 4 years of blogging I am happy enough to at least have my website back end fixed and be able to start the whole process again. Always see your cup as half full and don't sweat the small stuff! Something happened to my website and I suddenly wasn't able to change content. It kept booting me out for no reason I could fathom and with the constantly changing horizon within which I work this was a major issue in order to keep the website up to date and accurate. So while all my old entries are gone, I'll start from scratch and try to keep it fresh with lots of the best recommendations for wines to look for, restaurants to try and things of interest happening in Auckland and around New Zealand.


Luxury Travel Guide Winner 2016


September Queenstown Wine Research Trip

I'm just back from another reconnaissance trip to Queenstown before the high wine tour season kicks off with the onset of cruise ship arrivals. I'm always keeping an ear to


John's Wine of the Week : Runner Duck Joy Methode Traditionelle NV

This is a "fermented in the bottle" Sparkling Cremant made of Cabernet France. After being pressed off skin, the base cuvees of three different vintages have been fermented, clarified and


November 2017 LAST MINUTE Discounts! 

Solo Travellers may book any of these tours - contact or telephone 021 464 469
These tours cannot be booked at this price online. Phone the office

Friday 3rd November - Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour  - 9.30am  - 4.00pm $175pp

Sunday 5th November - Piha Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour  - 9.30am  - 4.00pm $175pp

Tuesday 7th November - Villa Maria Wine Makers Experience Morning  Wine Tour  - 9.45am  - 1.00pm $110pp