“This is the world’s best winery in the Karangahake Gorge”, claims the German-born owner-winemaker, Horst Hillerich. It’s world-famous in nearby Paeroa too. This dramatic gorge is a steep canyon carved by the Ohinemuri River, located between the Coromandel and the Kaimai Range. The building, a Latvian-style homestead, is surrounded by dense native bush and is just 200m up the road from State Highway 2 but far enough from the main road to be serene and tranquil.
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You can cycle the popular Hauraki Rail Trail that stretches from Thames through Paeroa to Waihi. The track is only 160m from the property so Ohinemuri makes a perfect pit stop.
The Matawhero Gewurztraminer, made from Gisborne-grown grapes, shows classic perfumed aromas with luscious fruit characters. If you love savoury, complex flavours in your red wines, try the Wairarapa Old Vines Pinot Noir.
Ohinemuri Winery Restaurant
The small but handsome menu offers classic brunch dishes, small plates and satisfying mains. Their signature dish, “winery pot pie”, is irresistible, while the seafood chowder has only come off the menu once in 15 years and had to be reinstated when regulars revolted.
Hours: As for cellar door