From the oversized steel sculpture that adorns the entryway through to the rustic timber buildings complete with living roofs, and the newly renovated, spacious cellar door incorporating an art gallery, this is a very special place. The renovation has opened the space up and added seating – visitors to the cellar door can now enjoy leisurely lunches, with a daily changing, locally focused menu, designed to complement the wines, from talented chef Jason Innes (ex-Amisfield and Grasmere Lodge). Sweeping lawns that slope down from the large decks are in the foreground of views over the hills of Mahana.
Things To Know
Woollaston at Mahana has been fully organic since 2011, and there is a wonderful symmetry between the winery, cellar door, art and vineyards. There are two vineyards – Mahana and Burke’s Bank – producing sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, riesling and pinot gris.
Pinot noir is Woollaston’s flagship variety – offering great concentration, it is a well-structured, rich wine. The sauvignon blanc is flinty and full of minerality.
The Woollaston art gallery hosts a program of changing exhibitions, and the grounds are home to works by some of New Zealand’s best-known sculptors. During summer, live music events are held on the lawn.