Omaha Bay Vineyard (OBV) - Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand
Few views have taken my breath away quite like this one.
Sun, sand and a great view.
Though three things could well sum up the Omaha area.
The Omaha Bay Vineyard sits upon high above the low-lying beach town where it has stunning views in all directions.
The Cellar Door at Omaha is just a small part of the whole, with a simple lean-to and typically just a couple of wines to try depending on the day.
The restaurant was busy that day so we waited a little while, but we didn't mind enjoying the view for a spell.
We were eventually attended to by a man who had been rushing around the restaurant, I almost felt bad bothering him to ask for a tasting.
Despite the frosty attitude the wines we tasted were simply excellent.
Another small production winery, OBV is one of the few places in New Zealand you can find a nice planting of one of my favourite Italian varieties: Montepulciano.
This warm-pocket by the eastern coast seems to suit the variety well as this example was one of the finest I have tasted in recent memory and was definitely the highlight of the tasting.
Another unique little wine was OBV's Flora.
Flora is a variety created by crossing Semillon and Gewürztraminer.
The result is exactly as the name might suggest; incredibly aromatic, and very well suited to being a dessert wine.
Our experience at OBV was a short one, but it was worth it for the Montepulciano and the view.