This small estate does everything, including bottling and labelling, on site. It’s an authentic place with an aged winery and cellar door and a part-alfresco, part-covered cafe deck. From the deck there are extensive views of the vines nestled in a sheltered north-facing valley.
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This winery is the embodiment of calm, with a designated yoga deck and a generally zen-like aura. The entire operation is overseen by owner Stephen White. There is an eclectic menu at the cafe, showcasing all kinds of local produce, and the estate extra virgin olive oil, pressed from olives from some of island’s oldest olive trees, is lovely.
Stonyridge Pilgrim – a blend of syrah, mourvedre and grenache – is lovely, as is the Stonyridge Luna Negra, a malbec from the steep hillside vineyard. These two reds will also cellar well. Stonyridge Larose is arguably one of New Zealand’s finest Bordeaux wines, (certainly one of the most expensive) and has something of a cult following. A blend of cabernet, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec, it’s hand-crafted and estate-bottled. If you’re lucky enough to try a bottle, it’s a magnificently concentrated wine with layers of complexity not often associated with New World wines.
Some of the island’s most memorable sassy dance parties happen here and it has received accolades as one the Top 10 “must visit” wineries in the world.