Imagine waking to the sounds of absolute silence in the morning. Add to this the view of new vine leaves just outside your window, with morning dew on the grass that is greener than any grass you can find in a Brisbane summer. Breakfast of a whole loaf of freshly baked bread, locally made berry jam, honey from their own beehives, stewed fruits and more! All this is available if you stay at one of the two self contained cottages at Craggy Range in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island of New Zealand.
Craggy Range Cottages are nestled into the land between the Te Mata mountain range and the Tukituki River, not far from the sea. The soil here is perfect for wine production, and a visit to the Cellar Door and a tour with the knowledgeable staff only whets your appetite for more, and gives you an appreciation for what actually goes on here.
The Craggy Range Winery was started in 1997 by Brisbane entrepreneur Terry Peabody and viticulturist and Master of Wine, Steve Smith, and today boasts several vineyards scattered throughout New Zealand. What makes the wines so good is that only the best grapes are used, with emphasis on the quality not quantity.
Award winning Terröir, the relaxed French bistro inspired restaurant, serves fresh local produce, much of it grown on site, and is matched perfectly with the single vineyard wines of Craggy Range. The setting is idyllic, looking out onto a lake full of ducks and wildlife and in the evening you’re serenaded by a cacophony of hundreds of frogs!
Hauntingly beautiful and serene are two words that spring to mind, this place is the perfect place to treat your senses, stop and recharge the batteries. The memories will linger long after returning to the daily grind.