A contemporary space with high ceilings and a slightly industrial aesthetic, the corrugated iron exterior is the only hint of the building’s previous incarnation as a kiwifruit and citrus pack house. Owners David and Shona Egan transformed it into the cellar door for the Bushmere Estate wine label in 2004 and the first winery restaurant in Gisborne. Today the property has a permanent marquee for large events, plus loads of outdoor seating overlooking the vineyards.
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Having grown grapes in Gisborne for 40-odd years, the Egans know what works and what doesn’t, so it’s hardly surprising that aromatics and chardonnay dominate the wine portfolio, along with a couple of unusual reds. The expansive facility is ideal for larger groups or functions, or you can find a sunny table for two and enjoy a wine tasting (or a bottle) with platters to match. There’s live music on summer Sundays and the estate hosts an annual charity event, Carols in the Vines.
Winemaker Amelia Riwai, who has been with Bushmere since its inception, produces an elegant chardonnay and gewurztraminer. For something a little more luxurious, try the Diavolo Rosso – a rich, fortified sweet red, perfectly matched with chocolate truffle.
The Vines Restaurant
This year Melissa Murphy bought the onsite restaurant, The Vines, which encompasses an indoor dining room (The Bond Room), a stylish 50-seater, as well as the outdoor marquee space, which can accommodate up to 190 people. Head chef Bryn Lewis offers thoughtfully crafted dishes that taste as delicious as they read.
Hours: Summer 7 days 11am-5pm; winter Wed-Sun 11am-3pm; also available for hire for private functions.