When is a cellar door not a cellar door? When it’s a bivouac on wheels, miles from anywhere, in a place accessible only by horse, bike or good old-fashioned walking. Head towards Te Awanga coast and look for the sign at Black Bridge. It points right, to 600m along the stopbanks of the Tukituki River, where you’ll find Cat Kynoch and Tiki Marra pouring their Bivvy wines and serving coffee for weary cyclists on the eastern boundary of their vineyard.
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A bivvy is a calm respite, a place to shelter and replenish, which is exactly what tired walkers and cyclists need when they reach this portable wine wagon. In addition to serving espresso, Cat sells bite-sized orbs of prune, coconut, seeds, dates, oranges and nuts called puff balls – “for when you run out of puff”, she says – and “puffins”, which are a healthy cross between a muffin and a pie. There are no Eftpos facilities, so bring cash.
The viognier has a tangy, apricot edge and a refreshing finish.