The undulations in the vineyard beside the road indicate a series of ancient beachheads where the waves used to break. This is the closest vineyard to the sea in this part of the world, according to co-owner Tim Turvey. “There’s nothing you can’t grow here,” he says, which is evident in the wealth of olive, avocado, citrus and bay trees thriving around the rustic red shed that serves as one of the Bay’s most popular cellar doors. A large herb garden supplies the kitchen.
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Established by Turvey and Helma van den Berg in the 1980s, Clearview is a true pioneer vineyard in Te Awanga. Turvey has even coined his own name for the local terroir: “the Te Awanga pebbles”. Around a dozen varieties are in the ground here and Clearview crafts about 20 wines each year – fruit is sourced both from the winery’s coastal blocks and land in the Gimblett Gravels.
The Reserve Chardonnay is a classic New Zealand wine, while the Black Reef Blush is a crisp, fruity rosé and the Reserve Cabernet Franc provides warmth and richness.
Clearview Estate Restaurant
Seasonal, locally sourced produce features on the menu in dishes such as mini rabbit burger with preserved lemon, aioli, rocket walnut pesto and petite fries. There are fireside tables and a heated pavilion for the colder winter nights.
Hours: As for cellar door, plus casual Fri nights 4pm-10pm (check the website for exact winter opening hours)