Mission Estate Winery, Napier

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#1 of 163 in Wineries in New Zealand
Visit the origin of the nation's wine-making industry at Mission Estate Winery, the oldest venture of its kind in the country. Founded in 1851, the winery centers on a historical building complex (formerly a seminary), which features colonial-era architecture and verdant surroundings. Join a guided tour of the winery, which delves into its history and offers a look at the production facilities. Of course, you won't want to miss indulging in a wine-tasting session for samples of some of the renowned local blends. Afterwards, you can grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, which features a changing menu of locally inspired fare and offers a sweeping view of nearby Hawke's Bay. Using our world travel planner, Napier attractions like Mission Estate Winery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • In town for the cancelled concert, we thought we'd visit the venue for lunch. Pleasantly surprised to find the prices were not over the top. Had a beautiful meal that was wonderfully presented. Price ...  more »
  • A magnificent homestead with a mountain of history. Great wines to taste and fantastic platters of food upstairs. Great way to fill in a hour or two.  more »
  • I have been dining at The Mission Restaurant for over 12 years and have never once had a bad experience. The meals are first and world class. The venue is just stunning. Nothing beats lunch on the law...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing experience and food! Everyone was very friendly and helpful - we had the chance to walk around the property and read all about the history of the winery. We then tasted a great selection on wines...we also stayed for lunch which was great as well!
  • Pleasantly surprised by this winery. It is a big name with a long history (the first winery in all of NZ!) and has a large beautiful estate and gorgeous grounds to prove it. Typically we think that large producers sometimes rest on their laurels but this place was wonderful. Blaire was our really well-informed and friendly server at the casual tasting counter. We liked all of the (very) different styles we tried, which is a testament to the winery. Especially liked their bubbles and their Central Otago Pinot Noir. 6 tastes for $5; you get a free wine glass with your tasting fee or you can leave the glass and they will donate the money to a charity. The cost of buying bottles was surprisingly affordable... Many were between $16-29. There's plenty of space so even though it's popular and a place where the tour buses stop, it still feels spacious. Highly recommend!
  • We did a bunch of wine tastings in Hawke's Bay. Had an awesome time throughout with the exception of Mission. Experienced a lot of attitude - maybe we just came on a bad day...
  • A disappointment. I ordered the cauliflower croquette.Very small and accompanied by half -yes half a brussel sprout, 2 small rings of a courgette. A tough wilted spring onion, a couple of short sticks of carrot.$31 A policy of no bread with the soup. A Frenchman would explode.We could not take the remainder of our one bottle of wine home.-another policy.Drive drunk or drink responsibly? Is this just a revenue gatherer or is the chef really that precious. We got good service from the waitress with glasses. This occurred last Tuesday lunchtime.The star is for the waitress.
  • Love wine tasting here today. Just $5 per head and keep the glass!
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