Welcome to Banks Peninsula - Te Pataka o Rakaihautū.
Time to sit back and relax!
Let us take you on a journey for the senses...
On a short drive from Akaroa to French peak award winning vineyard and an award winning Olive grove, you will learn all about the rich history of our very unique region, from the Maori to the French and British settlers and how the landscape was carved by different cultures.
At magical view points and breathtaking photo stops, you will experience the feeling of living inside an extinct volcano with its unique geology and how the soil contributes to the subtle aromas of our wines and food. Once at French Peak cellar door, you will discover and taste five different local wines and a sixth surprised Banks peninsula wine.
A local produce tasting platter will take you on a discovery to our food abundant peninsula and a perfect wine matching experience. From locally smoked Akaroa salmon to the amazing Takamatua grown olives, with locally made cured meat and patés to go with Barry's bay cheeses, organic baguette from Akaroa and seasonal local greens and nuts.
After a short walk around the vineyard to learn why organic growing is a passion to the winemaker, we will pay a visit to the multi award-winning Old French Road olive grove in Takamatua, to plunge into their amazing property and taste different oils and olives.
It is a boutique grove of about 1200 trees with Tuscan, Spanish and Greek Olive varieties. This gives them a wide variety of differing flavours
Each year the Grove consistently produces award winning Olive Oil.
For a relaxing afternoon and wanting to learn all about our local wines, food and histories, reserve your glass today, book now and don’t miss out on this space-limited, ever popular experience!
Vegan friendly platters available on demand.
As of now we have our Akaroa based tour below and very soon we will be opening tours which can pick up From Christchurch.
For special events, feel free to get in touch.