This is one of Northland’s long-established wineries, founded in 1996. The barn-like building that houses both the cellar door and winery sits on one of the highest spots in the area, meaning there are fabulous views of the vineyard and hillscape.
Things to know
Cottle Hill’s owners, Michael and Barbara Webb, originally hail from San Diego, California – they sailed to New Zealand and fell in love with Northland. They’re friendly, welcoming hosts, happy to chat about their wines.Their charming philosophy is: “Wine is for every day and everyone. Enjoy life, enjoy wine!”
The elegant chardonnay has a creamy richness. The dolcetto is one of only three examples of this variety made in New Zealand, and is a punchy, sturdy representation. The sweetly fruity Pheasant’s Walk is a red blend that combines fruity pinot noir and earthy chambourcin to make an easy-drinking, everyday wine.
Try the cellar grappa and brandy distilled at the winery, which is used to make Cottle Hill’s walnut liqueur and to fortify its white and tawny ports.