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Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
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Vanilla Vodka Tasting in the Cook Islands

If you visit the lovely island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands you may see a small sign on the side of the road that says Vanilla Extract, Vodka and Wine Tasting. It is worth... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Huntington Beach, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

If you visit the lovely island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands you may see a small sign on the side of the road that says Vanilla Extract, Vodka and Wine Tasting. It is worth your time to turn off and experience homemade Vodka. “Kyle” pours a mean shot of vodka especially the Chili Vodka which was my favorite. It... More 

Thank msmcg2017
Cambridge, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

It took 3 visits to catch Korea at home but oh so worth it! Honk your horn to see if he is available! The room with all the treasures is truly like a grotto hidden behind rambling garden and the vanilla fragrance is divine!! Learning about the processes involved is an education as well as the tasting! Vanilla beans, paste... More 

Thank nikkib5050
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

If you want to get something different and memorable to remember your experience in Raro, you should visit this place. Just follow the blackboard signs on Muri, you will arrive Koteka's home/wine shop. Or you can catch him on Saturday market. But I recommend to visit him at his home to see and hear about how his wine and liqueur... More 

Thank Young Sil B
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I was very interested in tasting a few things but all that there was left was vodka nothing else which was pretty disappointing. I wanted to enjoy it but I didn't and we learned nothing....

1 Thank james9burton
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Koteka's should be on everyone's list. This is the real thing - 3 generations of Cook Islands local manufacturing writ large! Koteka sits halfway up the hill off the main road in central Muri. It's effectively a private home that's been turned into a wine making facility - empty bottles stacked to half ceiling height and a continuous production line... More 

2 Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

I have been here & purchased from the market also over the past 5 years. It is consistently amazing! The tastes are unique but fantastic. You will never try anything like this anywhere. Koteka's "Backroom" brewroom is not what you would expect but shows a passion to brewing perfection! Look for the signs on the main Road before Muri if... More 

1 Thank LeonKiwi
New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Great operation, produces vanilla pods, wine, vodka etc. Happy for you to sample before buying. Highly recommend for a visit while in the island, plus purchase to get good quality unique liquor. The fresh vanilla pods are also worth purchasing and bringing home

2 Thank smcgaw
Toowoomba, Queensland
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Called in to Koteka on one of our drives around the island. Certainly not what we were expecting but very knowledgeable chap and only too willing to let you taste test his wares. He didn't have too much to sell us as he was still in the brewing stage and had sold most of his stock at the Saturday market... More 

Thank fireyfearn
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Less of a winery and more of a backyard still. Lots of bottles everywhere. There are no hygiene or cleanliness standards! But very a informative and nice guy. Unfortunately he was still brewing his wine and had run out. We settled for some vanilla pods and liquor instead. Certainly worth the side trip.

Thank Rowan S
Lakewood, California
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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Very unique, interesting, and cool place to visit. Definitely off the beaten track with a local islander vibe. Not at all commercial. Mr. Koteka introduced me to a variety of great tasting wines and spirits. He has an incredible distillery going on. Vanilla beans and vanilla extract also available. Definitely worth a visit. Call before you plan to go.

1 Thank Karin W

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