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5 of the best wine regions to visit by luxury yacht

5 of the best wine regions to visit by luxury yacht

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Cloudy Bay vineyard in New Zealand

New Zealand: the wine regions closest to the sea

South Pacific explorers, whether chartering a superyacht in New Zealand or sailing there with your own superyacht, would be mad to overlook the viticulture, where no winery is more than 75 miles from the ocean.

Just 11 miles from Auckland, Waiheke Island is renowned for its scenery and as a retreat for artists, poets and those seeking a laid-back life. It is also home to increasingly fine wines.

Visit Cable Bay Vineyards and sip top wines while admiring the view of Auckland across the water; and drop in on picturesque Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant with its fabled gardens and restaurant.

For the broadest look at New Zealand’s wines take time off from your yacht and do the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, a self-drive tour that takes in regions accounting for 80 per cent of New Zealand’s wine production. It runs for more than 300 miles between art deco Napier on the North Island and Blenheim at the top of the South Island. If you’d prefer to stay aboard, stop in at Clearview Estate in Hawke’s Bay – one of New Zealand’s finest producers – lying within a cork-pop of the ocean and celebrated for its Red Shed restaurant. And don’t miss Brancott Estate Heritage Centre in Marlborough, which boasts first-rate winery tours and in-depth tastings, along with an excellent restaurant, where the twice-cooked Canterbury pork belly with apple and parsnip purée is worth the trip alone. Although when you’ve arrived by superyacht, getting there will hardly have been a chore.

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