Go NZ: A wine tour through Kumeu and West Auckland’s best wineries

West Auckland’s wines are produced close to the city but their origins are a world away, writes Maggie Wicks

Dalmatian history is everywhere in West Auckland. You can see it as you drive. As central Auckland falls away, it gives way to suburbs, then motorways, then the low-lying industry of car yards and forklift hires. Finally, the paddocks and tractors and fruit trees of the countryside, only 25 minutes from town.

As the landscape changes, so does the language. Viksich. Vitasovich. Yukich and Fistonich. The history is written directly on to the street signs and the businesses.

And then there is wine. Award-winning, experimental, modern and traditional. It’s all here.

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