A large green building beside the highway near Kurow houses Pasquale’s winery and, despite the industrial appearance, a comfortable cellar door.
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Established in 2006 by Italian philosopher and businessman Dr Antonio Pasquale, the winery, which opened in 2009, produces two ranges of wine – the entry-level Kurow Village and the premium Pasquale. After experimenting with numerous grape varieties in a vineyard in the Hakataramea Valley, Pasquale now sources all its grapes from the home vineyard within the Estate walls. They produce 20 wine styles, from lean, mineral styles to honey-like botrytised wines. The range includes pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, arneis, gewurztraminer, a very light rosé made from pinot noir and dolcetto; a couple of medium-sweet wines, Penny Pink and Penny Gold; several dessert wines of varying sweetness and richness, including an Italian passito style made from grapes picked then allowed to dry; and a delicious limoncello liqueur from a family recipe. A big flock of sheep is employed for several months twice a year to do the mowing and for leaf plucking in the summer before the grapes ripen.
There’s a lot to choose from with several vintages available, but the aromatic white wines are particularly good here. And don’t miss out on trying the limoncello.
Coffee, antipasto platters and light lunches are available.