The Winemaker's Tour
The Winemaker's Tour
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Indulge in the delights of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country on your exclusive private tour. You’ll be chauffeured in style - with luxury, privacy and sophistivation unmatched by traditional group tours. As a small, private tour, we prefer to visit the boutique wineries which truly reflect the Hawke’s Bay terroir and take the time to meet and chat with the passionate people who create NZ's iconic wines.
Eskdale, New Zealand

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Gail G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was the second tour we did with Don, following our previous tour in 2020. We chose to do another tour, expanding our experience of Hawkes Bay wineries, because Don offers such a great day and expert knowledge. The wineries we visited were all excellent quality. Don's expertise and ability to explain the subtleties of the wines and winemaking allowed us to get so much more from the tastings than we would otherwise, and his contacts with the wineries and understanding of our tastes and interests meant we actually had tastings that matched our personal preferences, rather than pre-set flights of wines. The door-to-door service is wonderful, and being driven between the wineries by Don offered us a chance to ask questions and learn more about the area and the winemakers as we went. If you want to taste great wines and learn about them and how they are made, we couldn't rate the Winemakers tour experience with Don highly enough.
Written 27 February 2024
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Ian T
Dorchester, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Thank you Don for a wonderful day. Your knowledge is unsurpassed which made the day very rewarding. Further, your relationship with the winemakers ensured that we were very well treated in each venue. Many thanks.
Written 5 February 2024
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Stephan
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We spent a lovely day with Don on our private wine tasting tour.
Don‘s knowledge of wine making is incredible, you can feel his passion and enthusiasm when listening to him.
We visited four wineries and enjoyed every one we visited. We learnt a lot about wine making and wine in New Zealand. We thouroughly recommend this tour.
Thank you so much for this wonderful day, Don. We hope to see you in Germany soon.
Marion and Stephan
Written 22 January 2024
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Rob Johnson
Pickering, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I had a private 7 hour wine tour with Don Bird.

Don is so knowledgeable. My wife and I mainly drink wines from France, and have little experience with wines from New Zealand, except Sauvignon Blanc wines that we do not drink or prefer - so we were skeptical at the beginning.

Don made sure he knew our wine preferences, and stated that his goal was to sell us on the high quality of New Zealand wines, especially from Hawkes Valley.

We were not disappointed. We visited 4 wineries, tasted over 30 wines, one port and two sparkling wines.

We left with a totally different impression of New Zealand wine, learned about many of the wines throughout the world, and especially the wines from the Hawkes region of New Zealand.

Don is personable, and knowledgeable, making the day fly along.

If you want to learn about what New Zealand wines have to offer, do not miss the opportunity to explore New Zealand wines with Don Bird.

We now have a great appreciation and will utilize our new found knowledge to select our wines on the balance of our trip.

Thanks Don for a great experience!
Written 7 January 2024
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Trek32001269488
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My wife and I were looking for a great tour through the Hawke’s Bay region, and Don with The Winemaker’s Tour did not disappoint! He promptly picked us up from our hotel in Napier and after introductions, he immediately started giving us a broad overview of the locale’s history with his charming and upbeat demeanor. We learned about the soils, the different varietals, and the wine production processes. From our first through our last wine tasting, it was clear that Don’s experience in the industry had allowed him to develop strong connections with the winemakers along our trail. Our lunch was superb, and after a few additional stops we were escorted high above Napier for a first-rate view of the vineyards and orchards below! If you are looking for someone to provide you with deep insight on the wine you are tasting in the Hawke’s Bay region, as you taste it, then Don with The Winemaker’s Tour is your guy. Don, we can’t thank you enough for your conversation and commitment to exposing us to the finest wines this area has to offer! All the Best, Chris and Brittany - Florida, USA.
Written 7 January 2024
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sglars
Sedona, AZ54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Thanks Don for a great day. We loved chatting about the wine and many other things. The winery visits were all great but we also enjoyed talking to a Kiwi about all things New Zealand. Now I wish we could get Hawkes Bay reds in the states! Come to arizona and we will give you a wine tour and see what you think. Cheers.
Written 27 December 2023
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Dianne M
Orlando, FL229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Don was a true gentleman and showed us the best of the best in Napier. He arranged for us to go on the Gannet Safari first thing which was amazing and was there to pick us up on time. He has an abundance of knowledge about wines, the area and was a great companion for our day out! Don’t hesitate to book a tour with Don!! You won’t be sorry!
Written 4 December 2023
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Alan P
Le Gosier, Guadeloupe69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A wonderful instructive and pleasurable day. Don is very good company. With his lifetime experience of wine making and local connections he added much to our knowledge of winemaking. We also has lots of samples and a great lunch! The best wine of the day was Don's own made "port". Not made in the traditional way but top class nevertheless. All that experience brought to good effect.
Written 30 October 2023
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Departure51701810812
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Don's tour was one of the highlights to our visit to HB. He is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about winemaking and HB in equal measure and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has taken our love and appreciation of a glass of wine to a whole new level. Thank you, thank you Don!
Written 21 October 2023
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Rupert D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had an outstanding afternoon wine tour with Don. He is such a friendly host with a fantastic knowledge of both local and international viticulture. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy tasting wines in this beautiful part of NZ. Thank you Don!
Written 13 October 2023
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