Sit back and sip the best New Zealand vineyards have to offer
The way I see it, there are two types of wineries in this world.
Ones that are fast-paced with quick tasting rooms – you're in and you're out with maybe a bottle of pinot or two for the road after a speedy slurp or three. Then there are the wineries that woo you and take the time to win you over.
Wineries that have cosy tasting rooms with big chairs and tables for gathering around, or porch swings outside where you can loll about in the sunshine with friends. One of my favourite wineries to spend a long afternoon at is Cloudy Bay, especially with their oyster specials and tree basket swings.
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Another great winery for events or long days spent with friends is the relative newcomer of Archangel Winery in Queensbury near Wanaka.
It's a place with spirit and a family atmosphere that makes you feel like you've come home and don't need to hurry.
The iconic Vynfields, with its landmark villa in the boutique wine growing region of the Wairarapa near Wellington, is a must for wine-loving travellers who like to take their time to enjoy sipping a solid pinot noir or riesling in a beautiful setting.
The gardens and historic house are fabulous.
There is no shortage of stunning vistas and lovely wineries to choose from around Central Otago, but one of my favourites for its atmosphere, views and gardens must be Carrick Wines in Bannockburn.
In addition to having a delicious menu, the views from the tasting room and out in the garden are unbeatable, especially in autumn.
If you're a fan of the smaller New Zealand wine regions, I can't recommend the Waipara Valley enough.
Less than an hour north of Christchurch, it's one of those up-and-coming tourist spots that have yet to be conquered by the masses.
One of many fabulous wineries is Black Estate, for the views, the fabulous long lunches and the chardonnays.