Villa Maria Estate
Villa Maria Estate information
Clearly the roar of jets doesn’t bother grapes, as NZ’s most awarded winery is just 4km from the airport. The parklike grounds of Villa Maria Estate are a green oasis in the encircling industrial zone. Short tours ($5) take place at 11am and 3pm. There’s a charge for tastings ($5), but lingering over wine and antipasto on the terrace sure beats hanging around the departure lounge.
A series of concerts is held here every January and February featuring big international artists popular with the 40- to 50-something wine-swilling demographic.