Once back in the car we make our way to Craggy Range, the winery we saw from the summit. It is a beautiful facility which was built mostly for visitors. They have an upscale restaurant, lovely tasting area and even a few cottages for rent on the property. The wine production occurs a several kilometers away.
This time our sommelier is from Budapest! She has a lovely Hungarian-New Zealand accent. She came to New Zealand as a student and was happy to receive a working permit then residency visa. We discuss Craggy Ridge wines and vineyards as well as the "adventure" of flying long distances. We laugh at how she (and we) now consider a 5-6 hour flight a reasonably short time in the air.
We like the Craggy Ridge reds, and purchase a bottle of their 2013 Merlot. We're getting quite the collection of wines at home.