A strong, classic statement in local stone and timber, the Northburn Station cellar door (aka The Shed) occupies a splendid site. It is set among the vines of Northburn Vineyard, on a low rise looking towards Lake Dunstan.
A winner of a number of tourism awards, it offers a rich visitor experience. Tasters can indulge themselves by ordering platters with food bites made to match the wines. The tasting room includes a farm-gate shop which sells an array of local produce: farm meat cuts, free-range eggs, salmon smoked on the property, home-made feta and a range of condiments and preserves. Each wine tasted at the cellar door comes with a morsel of food. And the lunch platters and specials next door at The Shed are justly well regarded.
Northburn Station is owned and run by Tom and Jan Pinckney, farmers who planted grapes in 1999. Wines under the Northburn Station label are grown on site and Richard Broadhead makes pinot noir, riesling, pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, together with a pinot rosé.
Our picks There are always some older wines open for tasting.
Plus Outside the cellar door is the 100-metre “hole in one” golf challenge. If successful, you win two cases of wine.