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emcolhoun

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My friend and I really enjoyed Phil's wine and cheese tour. Phil was friendly, flexible and very informative on not just wine, but the whole area. He even took us on a scenic route to see Muriwai Beach! The Vinyeyards we went to were all lovely and so were the staff. I highly recommend this tour to anybody wanting to see what our vineyards have to offer.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Dogoneit

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent tour. Well worth paying the extra and getting an expert and being driven around, rather than trying to do it yourself and having to have a non-drinking driver. We had a good bunch of people on the day we went which made it even more enjoyable. Chap running the tour knew his stuff but was not a wine bore. All in all, a really enjoyable day. There's a lot included in the price, so it's pretty good value for money.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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eugene

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We arrived in Auckland early Sunday morning and was ready for our very first New Zealand wine tasting adventure with Phil Parker's Fine Wine Tours. Phil got us off to a fine start. I had asked for 6 wineries to visit and Phil accommodated our group of 6. He arrived on time and provided a printed itinerary along with the list of wines with tasting notes for each of the wineries we were to visit. To enhance our wine experience even more, he provided a cheese platter. Phil is a very interesting guy with an extensive knowledge not only of wines and New Zealand but music as well. We used Phil's book, "Mad Keen Wine Buff's Road Trip", to plan our New Zealand wine tasting trip. I highly recommend his book. It's a very comprehensive wine tour book of New Zealand broken down with very detailed itineraries for you to follow. We had Phil sign our book at the end of the tour. Phil went the extra mile for us. He made sure we were comfortable and anticipated our every need. I lost my eyeglasses on the trip and Phil found them in his vehicle after our tour. He sent them to me at my hotel in Blenheim on an overnight courier. He refused my offer of payment for his efforts. I just heard that Phil has added a Waiheke Island Wine Tour. To do that tour with Phil will be on our to-do list when we return to New Zealand next time.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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djay1967

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Me and 3 of my friends went on the Matakana wine tour to celebrate my 50th birthday with Phil and I must say it was excellent! Phil is very personable, friendly and he knows what he's talking about when it comes to wine!! The weather wasn't the greatest but that did not matter. Phil had everything we needed, umbrellas, chilly bins to put our purchases in etc. At the end of the day we each received a little gift which was a very nice touch! I would highly recommend taking his tours. I plan on trying some different ones when friends and family come to visit from Canada.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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expat

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time on the Food/Wine tour. Phil is a lovely person and very knowledgable. He is obviously a favorite at all the places he took us. The lunch at Blossoms Cafe was excellent and the portions were more than generous. My husband especially enjoyed not having to do the driving! We went back the next day for ice cream cones at Kapiti - delicious. Will do another tour with Phil the next time we're in Auckland.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

Fine Wine Tours responds:

Howdy! So glad that you had a great time. I'm sure that Kapiti were just as good on a second visit.

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AnnieMac

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We did the "Big Day Out" Tour with Phil and had a great day. Only small tour groups each time so the service is very personable. Phil was attentive to all our questions and interacted really well with the guests, but was not intrusive or overbearing. It was a relaxed day and the wineries we visited were varied in their wines as well as their outlooks and asthetics so we felt we got a good cross section. We took the option of the Micro German brewery which rounded the day out nicely with a refreshing ale or two. Highly recommend.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

Fine Wine Tours responds:

Hi Annie. Thanks for your review!
Cheers,

Phil

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Charlcey

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Phil picked us up on a rainy morning in Auckland and drove us to the Kumeu region for a terrific day - long tasting tour. This was at the beginning of our trip to NZ so as Phil drove us through the countryside he answered our many questions and allowed me to play a CD by Holly Smith, a local musical artist . Thanks Phil!

We enjoyed exploring and finding our favorite wines at each stop. Not all are exported to the states so the unique pleasure of tasting them only in NZ made them all the more enjoyable. The cheeses Phil selected and brought with us for the traveling cheese tray were excellent as were the crackers.

Our lunch at the Soljans Winery was exceptional ( for its bread ) and I particularly enjoyed my salad of fresh greens with a tasty vinaigrette and lots of squid lightly fried. Yum! The sun came out as we were eating and the remainder of the day was brilliant with color across the countryside. We saw rainbows!

With Phil Parker as our guide we were with the most knowledgeable of New Zealand’s wine enthusiasts. His book “The Mad, Keen Wine Buff’s Road Trip” is evidence of his thorough and complete understanding of the wines and wine regions of NZ. The detailed information sheet provided to us by Phil helped us to understand more about each wine and winery. We made lots of notations and now have great reference material to use when searching for our favorites.

We visited five wineries and finished the day off with a fun beer tasting at a micro-brewery.

The experience was a 10 for us. We definitely recommend Phil Parker and the Auckland Wine Tour for your trip to NZ.

Amy and Jeff in Dallas and Houston

Reviewed about 8 years ago

Fine Wine Tours responds:

Hi Amy & Jeff,

Thanks very much for thr glowing review! See you in NZ soon.

Regards,

Phil

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AlliK

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The wine tour was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a day in New Zealand.
Phil was very friendly and down to earth and a wonderful host and guide. It was very convenient to be picked up and dropped off at our motel location, and the transportation was very comfortable and spacious.
The three wineries we visited on the half day tour were a good variety, and each offered an excellent array of wines.
Along with being taken to a nice variety of wineries, the sightseeing of the black sand beach was an added bonus. Our lunch at a local cafe was delicious, with a good number of menu choices provided.
The cheese provided to us complimented the wine perfectly, and Phil's knowledge of the different wines provided was excellent and helpful.
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Reviewed about 8 years ago

Fine Wine Tours responds:

Terrific! Glad that you both enjoyed the tour.
Kindest regards