I've been on a few wine tours before, in Europe and North America, but nevertheless learned a great deal from Don. We discussed tasting, the underlying chemistry, the challenges of marketing and consumer's preferences. Don knows his stuff and his passion is contagious. Along the...More
The Winemaker's Tour
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I’ve been on wine tours and specialised tastings in France, Canada, the UK, USA, and Austria among other countries and this tour was the best. What made it special was the deep knowledge that Don has of the winemaking process as well as the Hawkes...More
The tour with Don a winemaker from the area was a pleasant beautiful experience. He has made the tour an asset with his knowledge. The choice of wineries was excellent and by the way he also showed us the area. A Perfect Excursion
It was a pleasure to host you on my tour.
One of the best wine experiences we have ever had. Don is from a family of wine makers, he made wines for over 40 years before recently retiring. Now he enjoys taking small groups to some of the Napier Valley's best wineries where he is...More
We took the small group tour. As promised, we had an experienced winemaker leading the tour. We were first given some interesting history of Hawkes Bay wine and earthquake. The tastings were proper sit down at Esk Valley and Mission wineries which was a real...More
We did a lot of wine tasting tours while in New Zealand and this was the best of them all. Don the tour leader demonstrated a wide and deep knowledge of the wines and the wine industry. The wines selected for the tour were of...More
We wanted to learn about the wines of the Hawkes Bay region and we certainly learned a lot by going on this tour with Don, At each of the three wineries we visited, we had a tasting with the cellar door manager and Don contributed...More
It gives me considerable pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much and that you now have a good appreciation of the diversity and quality of Hawkes Bay wines. It is a wonderful relationship that I have with the wineries which allows my...More
The tour guide was the most knowledgable of any of the guides. The wineries and especially the wines were fantastic, the scenery beautiful and we got out into the vineyard to see the tiny grapes. Our experience was really amazing. The platter of food was...More
Great to hear that you really enjoyed your Hawkes Bay wine and food experience. It was a real pleasure to share my winemaking and viticulture knowledge with you both. Roslyn and I hope to see you again soon.
We spent a wonderful day in the Hawke's Bay wine region. We enjoyed Don's winetour and were impressed by his knowledge about the wineries and the all the wines. It was a an amazing tour. We had so many different wines. Don is wonderful tour...More
It was a real pleasure to meet you all and share some of the knowledge I have accumulated over the fourty years I have worked in the Hawkes Bay wine industry.
This is more than a wine tour, it is an education. Don shares his great knowledge and some of the best wines of Hawke’s Bay. The personal attention and familiarity with the region’s wine makers create a special experience. Not only the wine but also...More
I'm so pleased that you gained a great appreciation of Hawkes Bay winemaking and viticulture and of course the wonderful wines that we produce in New Zealand's oldest and most diverse wine region.