Cable Bay Vineyard is within walking distance of Mudbrick (yes we bought a bus hopper ticket to take us to…one vineyard!) Still, it was a lovely walk with the sun shining down on us.
Cable Bay has a real wow factor upon it’s approach. The view is expansive over the Hauraki Gulf looking over to Auckland, with plenty of bean bags perfectly positioned to soak up that view and sun.
We headed out to the sunshine with a variety of wines amongst us. A glass of the 2013 Rosé, the 2012 single vineyard Viognier and a 2013 Pinot Gris just to mix things up a bit. All were delightful.
Post cheese platter, my sweet tooth got the better of me and we were tempted to try a couple of deserts to share. These were just divine! So delectable we didn’t even look up from our bowls when the waiter came over to check all was good.
I think this has got to be one of my favourite places in New Zealand. If it wasn’t for our ferry that we ended up having to run for (much to the amusement of those already on board! Well, who wouldn’t be amused by three tipsy females charging down a hill in our ‘vineyard chic’ couture with bellies full of cheese and wine?) I could have gladly sat here all afternoon watching the sunset, drinking the wine and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.
To conclude, we managed all of two of Waiheke’s finest vineyards. But they were so superb it would have been a crime to rush them, and surely it just means another trip very soon is required?
Cable Bay Restaurant is open for lunch 7 days from 12pm, and dinner 7 days from 6pm