It was nice to have a leisurely start with little driving to do today.  We began the day with a walk along Marine Parade before, you’ve guessed it, more wine-tasting!  Well, being here in Hawke’s Bay it would be rude not to!  

 

First one up was Trinity Hill, a few kilometres away from Napier, nearer to the town of Hastings.  The vines are grown in gravelly ground which is a dried-up flat river bed, but this particular vineyard wasn’t one of our favourites. 

 

The next one Seleni Estates Winery offered “the total wine and food destination experience” which was just what we were looking for!  We enjoyed a great tasting session with one of the ladies of the knowledgable staff and, by the time we ordered the antipasto platter, (though I think it came out more like antipatter plasto) of cheeses and chutney to go with our wine, it was promising to be a perfect lunch, sitting outside overlooking the vines in glorious sunshine.  Then it was handmade chocolate truffles before exchanging contact details with the wine-tasting lady, Donnette, who told us the romantic story of how she has recently been reunited with her first love from whom she separated 42 years ago when she was 15 years old!  Aawwwww.

 

Donnette recommended that we drive to the Te Mata Peak for excellent views over Hawke’s Bay…and she wasn’t wrong.  All in all, a thoroughly lovely day.

 

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