Introducing - Matakana Estate Cellar Door
Posted at 4:03pm Monday 16 Nov, 2020
Matakana Estate has transformed some old storage space into a new Cellar Door – the perfect place to relax, socialise, enjoy good food and, of course, some of Matakana Estates' excellent local wines.
“We wanted to create a laid-back jazz club vibe,” says event and marketing manager Nicole Ng of the new space, where wine barrels provide a backdrop to the elegant bar area, illuminated by fairy lights.
Patrons can either sit on bar stools at high tables or relax on the sofa or armchairs – whatever takes their mood – in a space that is six times larger than the previous Cellar Door.
Despite the extra capacity, Nicole says the idea was to create an intimate feel that fits perfectly with Matakana's status as a boutique winery.
“People love the space. We've been enjoying seeing regulars come back and new faces coming through,” she says.
The Cellar Door has proved especially popular on Saturday afternoons as people drop in to unwind after visiting Matakana's hectic markets.
There have also been plenty of enquiries for using the space for special events such as weddings, corporate functions, birthdays and anniversaries.
To complement the wine, there are selections of Puhoi Valley Cheeses, and Matakana Estate has its own food truck serving tacos during weekends. Once a month during summer, different food trucks will be invited along for special late night openings. Regular summer hours are 11am to 5pm.
Nicole says the new Cellar Door is just the first of many upcoming innovations planned for Matakana Estate.
“We think the Matakana coast has so much potential to offer – not just in wine but in nature and activities. We have a lot of confidence in the region. It's good to be part of that,” she says.