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Vine Dining
updated Dec 2007

Want to dine in the vineyard or at a winery restaurant? It's getting easier as more and more wineries open a cafe or restaurant as an added attraction for visitors. Vine Dining in New Zealand ranges from simple platter style food to full a-la-carte, from outdoor alfresco to luxury white table cloth dining. Bookings are recommended in the busy season and probably preferred at any time by the Vine Dining hosts.

Information provided on this page was obtained from winery websites and was correct at the time of publication. Where it says that restaurants are open daily, some may be closed on statuatory holidays such as Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Check before arriving.

Winery restaurants are listed from north to south. Click on the website links for more detailed information.


Northland
Karikari Estate Platter style lunches served at the winery and gourmet dining in the evening at Carringtons.
Ake Ake Vegetarian and Seafood with lunches served from Wednesday to Sunday.
Marsden Estate Restaurant open seven days a week.
Cottle Hill Cafe open December to March serving platters and fresh homemade desserts.
Omata Lunch and Dinner, including the Chef's Bench for two to six people.

Ransom Wine Bar PlatterMatakana
Ascension Cafe open daily in the summer, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the winter. Dinner served Thursday , Friday and Saturday. Check out my review.
Brick Bay Wines The Glasshouse, gateway to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, opens daily serving platters.
Ransom Wines The Wine Bar is open Tuesday to Sunday serving platter food. Check out my review.
Herons Flight The new restaurant at the Heron's Flight Winemakers Centre opens daily. Check out my review.
Omaha Bay Vineyard Currently open Wednesday to Sunday. Blackboard menu.

Kumeu
Soljans Wines Cafe open daily from 10am weekdays and 9am weekends. Check out my review.
Matua Valley (The Hunting Lodge) Fine Dining - Wednesday to Sunday.

Henderson
Artisan Wines - Open Daily. Light food and coffee.

Waiheke Island
Cable Bay - Restaurant serves lunch Tuesday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Saturday.
Goldwater Estate - Long Lunch the last Friday of each month.
Kennedy Point - Cellar door cafe open during the summer
Mudbrick - Retaurant open daily. Check out my review.
Onetangi Road Vineyard - Tasting platters, picnic baskets and light meals
Stonyridge - Cafe opens daily in summer, and from Friday to Sunday in winter.
Passage Rock - Cafe open weekends from Labour Weekend to end of March
Te Motu - Seasonal hours.   Saturday and Sunday only in winter, tuesday to Sunday in summer.
Te Whau - Restaurant open Tuesday to Sunday in summer, weekends only in Winter

Vin Alto FoodClevedon
Vin Alto - The Enoteca is open weekends

Waikato / Bay of Plenty
Cooks Landing - Cafe and Restaurant open daily
Mystery Creek  - The almost brand new Woodbox Restaurant and Bar opens Wednesday to Sunday.
Ohinemuri Estate - Cafe and Wine Tasting. Open daily in the 'high summer' and from Wednesday to Sunday other times.
Morton Estate - Mortons Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch.
Mills Reef - A-la-carte and Alfresco dining

Taupo
Huka Falls Winery Huka Falls Restaurant opens daily for lunch year round.

Gisborne
Lindauer Cellars at Montana Wines - Alfresco and covered dining 7 days a week Note: Will close in Feb 2008.
Bushmere - Contact the winery for food availability

Hawkes Bay
Black Barn - Black Barn Bistro is open for lunch, Wednesday thru Sunday. Check out my review.
Bradshaw Estate - Lunch 7 days.Dinner Friday and Saturday.
Brookfields - Open daily for lunches
Church Road - Open daily for indoor and outdoor dining
Clearview - Restaurant open daily insummer, closed Wednesday and Thursay in winter
Crab Farm - Open Thurday to Monday for Hawkes Bay deli foods, buffet style
Craggy Range - Terroir Restaurant open daily in summer, closed Mondays in winter. Check out my review.
Mission Estate - Terrace Restaruant open daily for lunch and dinner
Park Estate - Lunches Wednesday to Sunday
Te Awa - A-La-Carte restaurant open daily for lunch
Vidal Estate - Restuarant open 7 days for lunch and dinner
Sacred Hill - Open 2 months in the summer each year. Picnic lunches available. Check out my review.
Sileni Estate - Open for lunch 7 days.

Waipukurau
Pukeora Estate (San Hill) - Cafe currently open by arrangement

Wairarapa
Gladstone- Cafe open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays.
Solstone - The Vintage Room Restaurant is open daily

Martinborough
Alana Estate - Wine and Food experience available 7 days
Coney - Vineyard Cafe open most weekends and public holidays.
Murdoch James - Riverview Cafe is open Fri to Sun in Winter, and Thurs to Monday in summer.
Margrain  -The Old Winery Cafe is open daily for lunch

New Plymouth
Okurukuru Estate - Cafe open Tuesday to Sunday for a-la-carte dining and nibbles.

Marlborough
Allan Scott - Twelve Trees Restaurant open daily from 9am for lunch
Clifford Bay Estate - Open daily from 10am
Domaine Georges Michel - French Toast @ La Verandah open 7 days for lunch and brunch
Gibbs Vineyard Restaurant - Open for dinners daily from November through April. Closed Mondays in the winter.
Herzog Luxury Restaurant - Restaurant open from October to May
Highfield - Open daily for lunches
Hunters - Marlborough's first vineyard restaurant - open daily for lunch.
Montana Brancott Winery - Restaurant open daily. Degustation platters a speciality.
Saint Clair - Cafe and alfresco dining daily
Wairau River - Lunch served daily
Whitehaven - Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

Waimea EstateNelson
Kahurangi Estate - Cafe open for Alfresco style lunch from Wednesday to Sunday.
Seifried - Vineyard Restaurant open daily for lunch. Check out my review.
Stafford Lane - Platters of estate produced olives, olive oil, hazelnut dukkah and chutney.
Te Mania Estate - The Grape Escape opens daily for lunch
Waimea Estate  Cafe in the Vineyard open 7 days in summer, Wednesday to Sunday in winter.

Kaikoura
Kaikoura Winery - Gourmet platters, soup, cheese tastings, toasties and BBQ available 7 days.

Waipara
Waipara Springs - Wine Bar and Cafe open every day, except at Christmas. Check out my review.
The Mud House Winery and cafe open daily. They own and sell several wine brands at the cellar door, including Mud house, Waipara Hills & Canterbury House.
Pegasus Bay- Restaurant open for lunch 7 days. Check out my review.


Christchurch and environs
French Farm - Dining every day in the Restaurant or more casually from La Pizzeria in the summer. Check out my review.
Hinton's Vineyard, Restaurant and Cafe - Although in Christchurch, this is the cellar door of Central Otago's Hinton Estate. Open from 9am for breakfast with lunch served from 11.30am. The restaurant is also available for private groups in the evenings.
Langdale Vineyard Restaurant - Open Wed - Sun 11.00am - 4.00pm. Evenings by arrangement. Bookings essential. Specialises in Canterbury Wines.
Larcomb Vineyard - Lunch Wed-Sun from Nov to March and Fri-Sun from April to Oct
Melton Estate - Restaurant open Friday to Sunday for lunch.
Rossendale Country Restaurant and Winery - Open daily for lunches (except some statuatory holidays) and most nights for dinner.


South Canterbury
Opihi Estate - Vineyard Cafe open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch.

Central Otago
Gibbston Valley sub region
Amisfield - Bistro open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner
Gibbston Valley - Open for lunch daily. Group buffet options available. Check out my review.
Van Asch Wines The Winehouse and Kitchen opens daily for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Waitiri Creek- check with winery for cafe opening times.

Carrick FoodCromwell / Bannockburn subregion
Akarua - Lazy Dog Cafe and Wine Bar opens Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays
Mt Difficulty - Casual lunches 7 days a week
Carrick - Open 7 days a week for lunch
The Big Picture - Restaurant and Cafe open daily. Check out my review.

Alexandra subregion
Shaky Bridge - Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner

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