If visiting in autumn it’s doubtful you’ll experience anything prettier than this delightful cellar door. Situated just 10 minutes from Pleasant Point, the views out to the mountains are magical and the Opihi River curls its way out to the sea just 100m from the cellar door. Surrounded by trees, it provides the perfect leafy Setting for a late lunch outdoors.
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Colin and Brenda Lyon planted the vineyard, which produces chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and pinot noir, on a north-facing slope in front of the family home. The cellar door is situated inside Clifton Cottage, an historic limestone local landmark that dates back to 1882. It was restored in 1999, and with the addition of a conservatory, now doubles as a vineyard cafe owned by Jane and Allan Hunter. Settle in for sensational soup, vineyard platters to pick over, or something heartier like salmon or lamb. If you call and give 24 hours notice you can also enjoy a high tea. The grounds boast spacious lawns for cricket and soccer.
Be sure to taste The Great Kiwi Battler Pinot Noir.
The Opihi District is home to the rare long-tailed bat (pekapeka) so look out for these little fellas at dusk.