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Fairmont Estate

The cellar door is a cute little room attached to the side of the owner’s colonial, villa-style house. There’s plenty of room for parking and a sunny bench where you can sit and sun yourself as you sip. The terracotta-tiled tasting space is tiny, but there’s a lot to look at – including a plethora of awards on display.

Things To Know
Back in 1992, Jon McNab began planting his pinot block on the gravel terraces above the Ruamahanga River and just five years later came his first vintage. Specialising in pinot noir, McNab also produces award-winning pinot gris, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. He’s also purchased the old Mebus block on Dakins Rd, so expect a boost in production of fine pinot noir.

Our Pick
If you’re looking for mature pinot noir then you’ve come to the right place. The flagship Block One isn’t released until it’s had serious years in the bottle.

If you see a large, black woolly creature bounding out to greet you, don’t fret, it’s just Ruby the bouvier dog – and she’s friendly.