Mission Estate Winery, Napier

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#1 of 158 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. Take a look at our Napier holiday planner to schedule your visit to Mission Estate Winery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 2, 2017
    We had a family lunch with two young children. The service was impeccable despite the sometimes lack of table manners from the children the waitstaff never missed a beat and made us all feel completel...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Great well priced wine, fantastic setting and views, excellent food...had a platter as part of a winery tour. A great spot for lunch.  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    I loved our time at Mission Estate! The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable, not only about their wines, but also the history of the venue. We also took up the option to enjoy a glass of wine and...  more »
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  • September 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 24, 2017
    Superb lunch with local wine in a lovely location just outside Napier. Well worth a visit.
  • June 18, 2017
    Huge estate filled with history and tradition. Large variety of wines for tasting and a restaurant to have food accompaniment. No need for reservations, they entertain walk ins.
  • July 8, 2017
    Came here as part of a tour and also had lunch. Building is beautiful but the whole experience felt like this business was stingey and uninterested in showcasing their wines. Lunch was moderate, a platter. We had one vegetarian, her food was served on the same platter ("just don't take the meat"). We could choose between one glass of wine or a pudding. Ok, but its an upscale winery, let us try some more. There was also a short tasting session but it was rushed and the staff, although able to recite the standard spiel about the wines, didn't feel passionate. This whole area is full of better vineyards and tastings (try, for example, Trinity Hill or De La Terre where they are passionate and willing to let you try many different wines so you end up buying them).
  • June 21, 2017
    The place is so beautiful,amazing view in the vineyard. The wine tasting was OK and it's very cheap.

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pier boasts a range of accommodations, most located on the tip of land that ends at the Port of pier. From boutique Art Deco hotels and rental apartments to backpacker hostels, the central district offers options for many tastes and price ranges. With the city's buildings so attractive, a sea view may not be as much of a deal-breaker as it is elsewhere. Farther out of town, you can choose from an array of more economical motels, or at a campsite.
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