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Ohau Wines

The cellar door has only been open since 2011 but has already been refitted – this time with a Kiwiana retro theme. Expect to see an eclectic mix of secondhand-shop-sourced decor, from vintage furniture to old-school New Zealand fruit signs, decking out this characterful place. There’s a gorgeous view out over the vines from the upstairs tasting space and visitors are welcome to drive around the vineyard for a closer look – all the roads are named after the Ohau wines, such as Woven Stone Way. There’s also a dedicated retro tasting space for larger groups of up to 30 people, just book in advance.

Things To Know
Winemaker Jane Cooper makes the sauvignon blanc and pinot gris in three tiers: Woven Stone, Ohau Gravels and Selected Vine. There’s also a pinot noir; a rosé made from a mixture of pinot noir and pinot gris grapes; and there are plans afoot to harvest and make a gewurztraminer in the next couple of years.

The Ohau Gravels Pinot Gris is a luscious wine, with plenty of tropical fruit flavours.

You’re well positioned here to also visit some of the beaches along the Horowhenua and Kapiti coasts.