June 21, 2016 / Leave a Comment
I’m going to cut to the chase here – I’m a big fan of the wines Obsidian Vineyard has been producing over the last three or so years, and as a result it’s now cemented firmly as a must-visit vineyard on my Waiheke Itineraries.
Being in a location that looks on the map to be a little out of the way at first, it was a few years before I made the effort to visit Obsidian Vineyard. This was my loss, I soon realised after my first visit. With the usual suspects all grouped in somewhat neat pockets, it’s easy to leave this vineyard off the list when you’ve got limited time on the island. I want you to know it’s worth the trek – and getting there is not as bad as one thinks when you know more about the location.
Obviously you can taxi to Obsidian Vineyard from the ferry, but you can also take the bus there – it doesn’t go direct, but provided you are fit enough to get up a very steep progression of stairs and roads after getting off the bus at the end of the line, it’s doable. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the out of breath. Ok, I’ll be honest – if you’re looking for a leisurely day (or have already been tasting) taxi really is the way to go.
What to expect – in true Kiwi fashion, it’s an unassuming shed at the bottom of a picturesque hill of vines with rustic outdoor tables for tasting. Tasting is solely outdoors so it’s best to check the weather forecast before planning your visit. That being said, I’ve still enjoyed cold, rainy and windy tastings here even in the wild outdoor setting! There’s no restaurant on site, but sometimes there’s cheese and crackers on offer (complimentary!) but these were absent on my most recent visit, I hope they haven’t done away with them altogether as it was a really nice touch. If you’ve worked up an appetite with all that heavy duty glass-raising and are looking for food after your tasting, you can walk up the hill to Metro Top 50 restaurant Casita Miro, about a 10 minute stroll.
Tasting is $5 a head, redeemable on wine purchase – doesn’t get much better than that. The wines here are good value when it comes to the Island, with most being $22-$28 and delivering great quality for the price. Over the years I’ve found many varietals to be strong here – Chardonnay, Rose, Montepulciano and Tempranillo in particular. The wines are so delicious that I still remember the day I purchased two lovely bottles and my wine carrier broke on the way home from the ferry in the drizzle…devastating. I’d love to hear your thoughts on their latest vintages if you visit, and I can’t wait to return – hands down one of the best producers on the island.
Phone:+64 9-372 6100