Rodney Times : January 6th 2011
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Call: 09 427 9040 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: 332 Hibiscus Coast Highway $10,339* from per person, twin share Top wine trail CONTINUED Page 5 Wine has been made in the Kumeu area for more than 75 years. To many, it is New Zealand s Heritage Wine Region. Some of the early names from the industry, Soljans, Nobilo, Brajkovich and Ivicevich, call it their home. But today new names mingle with the old. There are 10 stops on the wine trail with 14 different producers offering wines for tasting. Some are tiny artisan operators but larger wineries like Soljans, Coopers Creek, Nobilo Winery, Matua Valley and West Brook source grapes from all over New Zea- land. It is no wonder that the phrase Come to Kumeu to taste the wines of New Zea- land is one of the marketing mantras. The wines are listed with a number to coincide with the map. Wineries are closed on Christmas Day and some may be closed on Boxing Day and New Years Day. It may pay to check before you go. 1. Soljans: 366 State High- way 16, Kumeu, www.soljans .co.nz, ph 412-5858 The cellar door opens daily during the summer, 9am to 5.30pm, and wine tastings are free except for groups of 10 or more when a charge of $5 a head applies. Wine tours can be arranged by appointment. A charge of $8 per person applies for tour only, or $12 per person for a wine tasting and tour. Cheese platters and vint- ner s platters can be arranged to accompany the tasting at an additional cost. The adjacent winery res- taurant also opens daily and bookings are recommended. Soljans make a wide range of varietals with grapes from Marlborough and Gisborne as well as from the vineyards surrounding the winery. The most popular wines are the sparkling muscat named Fusion, Kumeu Pinot Gris and Tawny Port. 2. Wine and Art: 505 SH16, Kumeu, www.galleryq.co.nz, ph 412-8501 Five local boutique wine producers show their wine in this evocative art gallery set- ting. Waimarie Wines from Muriwai Valley, Mahana Ridge and Waimauku Sands from Waimauku, Kaipara Estate from South Kaipara Head and Aotea Vineyard from Shelly Beach comple- ment each other with their diverse range of artisan wines. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 5.30pm, tastings are usually free although groups should inquire. 3. Kumeu River: 550 SH16, Kumeu, www.kumeuriver.co .nz, ph 412-8415 One of the most inter- nationally recognised New Zealand wine names and one of the country s most out- standing chardonnay prod- ucers. Kumeu River opens Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm. Brown sets up panel to give rural people a say Keeping his promise: Auckland mayor Len Brown. Auckland mayor Len Brown has established a rural advisory panel to ensure the countryside community has a say in Auckland s future. In the lead-up to the amalgamation of Auckland councils in November, many rural residents were con- cerned that their voice would be lost to the weight of numbers in the urban sector. To ensure they are heard, Len Brown has made good on his promises to the Rod- ney Times Fairfax Forums run in Orewa in the months leading up to the election. The panel is chaired by Franklin ward councillor Des Morrison and met for the first time in the week before Christmas. It is part of the mayor s commitment to roll out 100 projects in the first 100 days of the Auckland Coun- cil.The role of the panel is to advise the council on issues affecting rural residents and ratepayers. The rural communities will be represented by Mr Morrison, Rodney ward councillor Penny Webster, Rodney Local Board chair- man Bob Howard and Franklin Local Board mem- ber Bill Cashmore. Rural-based industries will also have input, with representation from Fed- erated Farmers, New Zea- land Forest owners, Fonterra, New Zealand Winegrowers, the Rural Contractors Federation and the equine sector. The willingness of the rural sector to be involved is very encouraging, Mr Mor- rison says. High on the agenda at the first meeting was the Auck- land spatial plan, a legislat- ive requirement incorpor- ated in the set up of the Auckland Council. The Auckland Plan will have a profound impact on the future of Auckland s rural areas, Mr Brown says. It is critical that rural viewpoints are taken into account early in the process. Federated Farmers Auck- land vice-president Wendy Clark says the panel is a golden opportunity to have a rural perspective involved in regional planning. This is a really positive start because people are talking to each other at the beginning of the spatial plan process. We don t want to repeat the mistakes of other regions where the dia- logue only started after decisions had been made. There has been a lot of goodwill among all the participants and that s what is needed to make Auckland work. The rural industry representatives have been mandated by the rural industry group to rep- resent their sector and as land-based businesses we have a vested interest in getting it right.
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