The cellar door, bistro and lounge bar looks out across the vineyard toward the Tararua Ranges. You can enjoy sipping in the sun at one of the shaded tables, flop into a beanbag or feel cosy beside the fireplace when it’s crisp outdoors.
Things To Know
Owned and operated by young, solo father-of-three Mark Allen, the vineyard was named after New Zealand’s many rural roads that were planned but never materialised and which exist only on maps. Established in 2004, Paper Road specialises in single-vineyard pinot noir and aromatic whites. Everything – from growing to bottling – is done on-site. Mark has 10,000 vines planted, producing about one bottle per vine.
The pinot noir is upfront and cherryish and the pinot rosé is vibrant and pretty.
Paper Road Bistro
There’s a good mixture of small and large plates – try the flat iron steak, pizzas and pastas on offer. The Thursday pizza nights are hugely popular with the locals. Five times a year the Paekakariki steam train (steaminc.org.nz) pulls up for lunch, which makes for a great day out.
Hours As for cellar door