Cellar Door Opening Hours
Our Cellar Door is currently closed due to COVID-19. We hope to reassess the decision to open in September 2020.
Our Cellar Door is open 7 days a week, 9.30am - 4.30pm, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
We welcome you to come and meet our friendly and knowledgeable team who can retell the history of Hunter's Wines.
The team will guide you through our range of internationally acclaimed, award winning wines and varietals.
We have an extensive range of wines open for tasting everyday from our esteemed Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Wine MiruMiru™ to Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir and of course our world famous Sauvignon Blanc and Kaho Roa Sauvignon Blanc.
The Native Garden
Landscape Award in the Marlborough Environment Awards 2008/09.
"From the moment one drives through the entry to Hunter’s winery indigenous Wairau Plains dryland vegetation is evident.
The two hectare gardens are an outstanding and distinctive setting for the winery.
Interpretation panels and fact sheets describe the garden’s history and layout and the species used. Enticing walking tracks provide close-up encounters with the native vegetation.
Plants have been eco-sourced so are representative of the local gene pool. A feature is the purpose built, rare and threatened South Marlborough endemic species garden. Both native and exotic birds benefit from the sheltered habitat.
Intelligent placement of species to match the property’s various micro-climates ensures healthy plants and great presentation following the ‘Right Plant – Right Place” principle.
Winery wastewater is used for supplementary irrigation for the gardens. Exotic trees provide excellent shelter, shade and screening along with a mix of habitats.
Scattered sculptures and art works complement the varied texture, colour and form of vegetation. Buildings and other structures are in harmony with the gardens. Historic features have been retained and celebrated."
Our Cellar Door is located in the original farmhouse on our Rapaura Road Winery site. We rennovated the Cellar Door in late 2017 but have still retained the farmhouse, villa characteristics. We offer wine tastings inside as well as in our picturesque gardens.
We encourage visitors to wander through our native garden, to visit our resident artist in his studio or to linger in the Cellar Door garden with a glass or bottle of wine, paired with local and international artisan meats and cheeses.
We look forward to seeing you!
Where to find us
603 Rapaura Road, Blenheim
Telephone +64 3 572-8489
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Resident Artist Gallery & Studio
Artist Clarry Neame has spent over 20 years as an artist in residence at Hunter's winery.
In 1970, Clarry married Helen, a wonderful, vivacious redhead and his staunchest advocate. Helen also happens to have worked at the Hunter's Cellar Door for more than 25 years.
The studio is open seven days a week, although Clarry isn't always there, his paintings and studio is open for all to see.
Clarry is an impressionist oil painter, using both the brush and palette knife. Whatever the subject be it land, water, sky, people, gardens or flowers, Clarry loves to create.
Clarry pursues a form of pointillism in his approach to convey a feeling of excitement and visual stimulation. Colour, light, composition and texture are used to create with freedom and passion in a semi-abstract way.