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Paroa Bay Winery

This property is in the midst of beautifully rugged, hilly country, studded with bushes. From the winery’s elevated spot, looking down to Paroa Bay and beyond, you can see why this area was dubbed the Bay of Islands. Most of the major varieties are planted on slopes on what is a significantly sized vineyard for this part of the world. The cellar door, open since December 2012 and managed by husband-and-wife team Paras Dhuria and Pragati Phorat, is bright and breezy, and opens onto a lawn where you can sit and enjoy the wine at your leisure. You can bring a hamper and have a picnic, then go for a walk on the tracks through the vineyard.

Things to know
The grapes for the estate’s riesling and pinot noir come from the Wairarapa’s Urlar – a highly respected biodynamic producer.

Our picks
The sauvignon blanc is fresh and vibrant with gorgeous peach and mango flavours. The chardonnay is also filled with ripe fruit flavours, and generously expressed with a creamy texture.