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Valley Road Vineyard

With 10,000 vines planted back in 1989, and old shearing sheds and farm equipment still present, you begin to soak up the real farm atmosphere as soon as you arrive here. The views out across Akaroa Harbour are jaw-droppingingly beautiful, and it’s incredibly relaxing to sip a glass of great Banks Peninsula wine whilst watching the yachts inch their way across the water.

Things To Know
English-born, retired surgeon Tim Herbert and his Austrian wife Heidi are the team behind this vineyard that produces French Peak Wines – the name comes from the mountain on the western shores of Akaroa Harbour, which forms a dramatic backdrop to the vineyard. The vines grow on volcanic soils on a north-facing slope, which protects them from southerly winds and frost. The grapes are hand-picked and then crafted by award-winning winemaker Matt King over at Lone Goat winery in Burnham. It’s a great place to bring a picnic or treat yourself to one of their popular cheese and fruit platters. Children, bikes and pets are always welcome, as their dog Yogi loves visitors.

Our Picks
Crowd favourites are the Provencal-style rosé, the 2013 Pinot Gris and the destined-for-the-cellar 2012 Pinot Noir.