Barry's wine and food tours begin at Auckland's most successful vineyard restaurant – Soljans Estate Winery.
Arrive in comfort at Soljans Estate having already viewed the menu on Barrys Wine Tour. Enjoy a walk around the vineyard where Barry will enlighten you on the winemaking processes, Barrys extensive wine knowledge starts from the beginning of the process, with grapevines planted in accordance with exacting horticultural practices. Follow through the process of harvesting and if you're visiting during the picking season, watch as grapes are processed. The wine cellars are yours to explore as Barrys wine tour takes in the age-old wine manufacturing processes at Soljans Estate. Barry will explain the intricacies of the grape growing and wine making in a simplistic and interesting way.
The wine tour then moves into Soljans wine tasting cellar, where you have the opportunity to taste a flight of 6 of their most delicious wines. Options are there to purchase bottles or cases.
Wine tasting is carried out with professional staff who will explain the different types and styles of wine in an easy to understand manner.
Soljans Café is one of the most popular wine and food serving Aucklanders and visitors from all corners of the world. They serve Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist and the wine and food menu changes for Summer and Winter enabling their Chefs to showcase the fresh seasonal produce from around the Auckland region.
The café has earned many fantastic reviews since opening, being selected as one of Auckland’s Top 40 Restaurants by the New Zealand Herald and is recommended by Wine Access magazine as one of the Top 20 Winery Restaurants in the World. From 1995 - 2016 they have been awarded the New Zealand Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence. Still at its best, the cafe has once again been awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
Before the menu
You'll leave knowing the answers to why the roses are at the end of the rows, how the red grapes are fermented differently to the white grape varieties and why do master winemakers put certain wine types into barrels. What is the difference between Sparkling Wine and Methode Traditional (Champagne Style) plus more – and a bit of humour on the way to bring good cheer and many laughs.