Home early from work the other day – a perfect opportunity to take a guest to the local winery – Artisan Wines in Oratia which is just a 5 minute drive from Kiwi Heritage Homestay. There are many wineries in the West Auckland and Kumeu region to be enjoyed. There are also several Wine Tour operators to take the hassle out of driving yourself – Barry’s Wine Tours being just one of several.
Artisan Wines are located in in the beautiful Oratia Valley: They have Organic Certification for all their Auckland Vineyards. You may see sheep among the vines, as they play an important part in the vineyard’s Organic Management. They are used for Leaf plucking which allows the sun in to ripen the grapes after the vines have flowered around Christmas time. Sheep do a better job than humans or machines and of course are cheaper to run!
We purchased a Wine Tasting selection and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon sun whilst sitting outside: