Sunday Mirror UK

New Zealand: Wine tasting on the magnificient Matakana Coast

Order Takatu Lodge's Pinot Gris in a London restaurant and you could pay a mouth-puckering £57 a bottle.

Far better to check into the New Zealand vineyard where this light and very drinkable white wine is produced and you can sip for a fraction of the cost with views of the Pacific Ocean thrown in for free.

Vineyards span out from the lodge in all directions yet only one bottle is produced from each vine. That's typical of small family-owned wineries in New Zealand "where we pick by hand and even tread the grapes ourselves," says Heather.

Vineyards span out from the lodge in all directions yet only one bottle is produced from each vine. That's typical of small family-owned wineries in New Zealand "where we pick by hand and even tread the grapes ourselves," says Heather.

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