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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fine Wine Tours responds:
Hi Annie. Thanks for your review!