Goldie Vineyard is the quintessential Waiheke vineyard and was the first commercial producer of note on the island. The vines were first planted in 1978 and sweep down the much-photographed hill towards Putiki Bay. The cellar door, tasting room and pleasant bistro exude unpretentious charm – rather like Goldie’s founders, Kim and Jeanette Goldwater.
Things To Know
In 2011 the historic family home and vineyard was handed over to the University of Auckland as a wine science centre. The university now boasts that it has arguably the best-positioned and most attractive wine science program on the planet. Under careful tutelage, its students are continuing the Goldwater philosophy of handcrafted wines of distinction.
Waiheke syrah is consistently good, and Goldie’s is no exception – if there is any of the 2013 still available it’s from one of the best vintages in living memory on Waiheke Island. Also highly recommended are the Bordeaux blend reds and the chardonnay from mature vines.
The Goldie Room Bistro
The Goldie Room is often used for functions, especially art exhibitions, and offers a variety of platters with food that has a local homemade feel, either grown on the property or sourced locally. Pulled pork sliders are a menu favourite and match perfectly with a glass of syrah.
Hours Summer Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm with extended hours over Jan (call first to check current opening times)