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Winery Tour at Ash Ridge

Hastings, New Zealand
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About Winery Tour at Ash Ridge
Tours are once a day at 11am and are 2 hours long. Our vineyard and winery walking tour takes you behind the scenes into the world of wine making – a true ‘grape to glass’ experience. Walk through the vineyard and winery with the winemaker to see the processes to get from grapes to bottled wine. Finish with a tutored tasting with six of our current wines.
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David P wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our tour started with a visit to the vines where we learnt about growing, pruning and picking the frut and how this affects the end product. We were then shown the wine making process with a focus on what makes an excellent wine. We finished with wine tasting which was greatly enhanced by an understanding of the many factors which contribute to the overall taste. Our tour was with the owner Chris, who has a wealth of knowledge and a love of wine which came across in his willingness to answer our many questions. We can't recommend this trip more highly and it was a highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Ash Ridge also make great wines.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Hieke W wrote a review Dec 2019
Taupo District, New Zealand161 contributions43 helpful votes
Great place for a (sunny) Sunday afternoon. We went here today, had a stroll along the Craft stalls, a lovely glass of wine at the picnic tables shared a few delicious pizzas, while listening to a young guy playing his guitar and singing beautifully. Great company! Thanks for a lovely afternoon Ash Ridge team! Don’t miss the next opportunity!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Eric H wrote a review Jan 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada1 contribution
We were looking for a tour of a single winery where we got to learn about the winery and their processes (i.e. not _just_ drink wine). There didn't seem to be many options for these in the area, but this one was exactly what we were looking for. We got a detailed tour with Lauren (the winemaker), which was interesting, informative, and clear. She took us to a bunch of different places around the winery, told us about many parts of the wine making process from growing the grapes to choosing the barrels at the end, and then we got to sample some wines which came with a bit of a lesson in how to properly approach a tasting (which we liked). The whole thing was fun and laid back, a great way to spend a couple hours. Well worth it.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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mp_66_12 wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom29 contributions5 helpful votes
We were honoured to be shown around the vineyard by owner Chris who has designed this fantastic tour. The premise is that you will learn the intricacies of wine making but in an easy to understand style (coupled with Chris’ somewhat dry sense of humour!) From a trek around the “blocks” to the tasting of the end product, including some fun, “think outside of the box” wines which Chris has let his young winemakers loose on, this tour definitely delivers. Overall the tour and tasting is way above some of the bigger guys who simply employ students to pour a few glasses! Thoroughly recommended; give it a try!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Liz Tuck wrote a review Dec 2018
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The guided tour was really interesting and so much more informative than any other winery visit we've done. Chris was really knowledgeable and presented a whole new side of the wine making business. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and the beautiful wines we got to taste at the end of it!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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