Napier and Hawke's Bay
Ben, February 26, 2013
The next stop on our trip was Napier, in the Hawke's Bay region. The town of Napier was destroyed in the early 1900's by an earthquake and was rebuilt in the Art Deco style. We spent our first night there wandering the town center, but almost everything was closed. Most places in Napier seemed to be open from 10-4, which made it a little difficult to find dinner options. We ended up getting food at an Irish pub and hanging out at our hotel, Navigate, for the night.

The next morning we started our day long wine country tour at a winery called Mission. We also visited Ngatarawa, Trinity Hill, Black Barn, and Craggy Range, where we had lunch. The wines were good, but we probably had more whites than reds. This surprised us a bit since Hawke's Bay is supposed to be the red wine region in New Zealand. We chose it over Marlborough, which is more known for its whites.

We've now been wine tasting in Napa, New Zealand, and South Africa, so it has been interesting to see the differences. I would say Napa is the most dedicated to wine. The other places have other things going on, but when you are in Napa, everything (restaurants, hotels, shops) is about wine. South Africa definitely wins for biggest pours. All of them win for delicious wine.
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