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Villa Maria Estate

This sizeable vineyard, set in a natural amphitheatre, is surrounded by old willows and mature trees with the winery at one end. It feels entirely right here, yet it’s smack bang in south Auckland’s industrial neighbourhood, only minutes from the Auckland International Airport. The modern, concrete-and-glass winery building houses the head office, function rooms, cellar door and cafe, and despite all the activity that is going on, the place has a zen-like calmness (after all, you are standing on an ancient volcanic crater). Villa Maria has become an icon in the Auckland wine scene with exceptional wine offerings.

Things To Know
They do make the most of this beautiful surrounding. Private functions are well catered for, and summer outdoor concerts attract some of the biggest names in music.

Our Picks
When you look at the selection and quality of wines, it’s hard to know what not to get excited about. All the major wine styles are represented, plus up-and-coming varieties, with grapes drawn from key wine regions throughout the country.

Vineyard Cafe 
It maybe a vineyard cafe but this place serves very smart restaurant food, and the wine list offers the opportunity to sample some of the older vintages of award-winning Villa Maria wines.
Hours: As for cellar door (Ph: 09-255 1777, bookings are essential for weekends)