The Hohepa Shop contains products produced as part of the vocational program. This includes organic vegetables, milk and cheeses as well as wooden products, candles and textiles. We pick up some organic vegetables as well as three types of cheese: blue, fenugreek and herb & garlic. There's some wonderful snacking ahead!
We drive on to do some shopping in Napier. I am looking for a scarf to go with the purple sweater I'll be wearing to Paul and Kara's wedding. William jokes that I should get a solid orange scarf - going with the Clemson school colors, but we find a very nice print.
Today's wine region is Havelock North. We start at Red Barrel. Their wines are okay, but don't impress.
Half a kilometer down the road is Te Mata Winery. Our sommelier is a woman from Japan. It's fun listening to her talk with her Japanese-New Zealand accent. The Te Mata Gamay Noir is a light red sipping wine, and quite delightful. A bottle goes home with us.