Pukeora Estate is a stunning hilltop setting for our family run vineyard, boutique winery and function venue.
Accommodation for groups of up to 116 people is available at reasonable prices.
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****************************** Summer Cellar Door Hours **************************************
Our weekend cellar door has now CLOSED for the season We will be busy making wine, tending to vines, catching up on paperwork, maintenance etc etc.
If we can find a suitable time, we are able to offer pre-arranged tastings or sales. Visitors are welcome to try their luck to chance at finding us around for sales/tasting but we don't like to disappoint - we recommend arranging a time before hand.
The Venue is the ideal centre to hire for an event.
Please Note: From September 2017, our circumstances have changed due to Pukeora being on the market. We are only taking select residential bookings and are no longer able to provide inhouse hospitality unless specifically arranged. Some self-catered groups on shorter term bookings may still be able to be accommodated. We are happy to discuss bookings as they arise but please be prepared that we may not be able to accept a booking. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The extensive indoor facilities are available for exclusive hire and represent extremely good value for money. They comprise sleeping accommodation for groups, large reception areas and classrooms, a commercial kitchen, and a pool.
Groups of 20+ up to 116 people can be accommodated mostly in twin/double rooms. Meals/bar service can be provided or groups can hire on a self-catering basis.
Many and varied activities are available on site or nearby. We are delighted to host the studio of the internationally renown artist Cefyn Gauden. Cefyn's contemporary paintings can be viewed by appointment. See activities
Check out the amazing variety of settings as a film location
Read about the history of Pukeora
The stunning limestone hillside was purchased in 2000 with the principle purpose of planting grapes. Over the next 3 years 5 Ha of vines were planted and a small boutique winey was created in an original sanitorium basement.
Award winning wines grown on our limestone slopes are available. Our wines are sold under the Pukeora Estate label and the premium Pukeora Ruahine Range label. Our wines include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, The Benches Red (Merlot based blend) and a "sticky" Noble Selection of chardonnay and semillion grapes.
We have a summer cellar door open at weekends. On-line sales are also available. For more information see our Wine pages.
***** Gold Medal: Pukeora Ruahine Range The Benches 2013 ***** In the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018 The Benches was one of 4 wines in the merlot dominant class to win a gold medal.
The "Rumour" is True -> For Sale ! After an eventful and exiting 18 years Kate and Max have decided to put Pukeora on the market. However there is no rush, life goes on as normal for now. The Festival buzzed, the grapes are ripening, wines will flow and we'll still be here for a while yet ! For details please see TradeMe property listing.
Pinot Noir Geographic Boundary Redrawn: A great review for Central Hawke's Bay wines by John Saker in The Dominion, 22 Jul 2017. See Article.
Cellar Door: The cellar door is open in summer season. Please see top of this page for specific times. Come in for a complimentary tasting, and view local artist Laura Wilson's paintings in our new gallery (for more see goldstarwork.com).
Export: We have since Feb 2014 been exporting some of our wines to Singapore. If you happen to be passing through Singapore there is no better pace to grab a wine (on and off sales) and a bite to eat than Merchants of Singapore.
Latest Vintage: The 2016/17 season started a little tardy and cool but caught up quickly from December and continued hot and dry through to mid February. The "wheels came off" the weather late February when the rains started. Luckily our grapes were still at the fairly hardy stage and held on well despite several deluges from cheeky tropical storms. By mid April the weather settled and enabled us to pick some surprisingly nice fruit - and a respectable 20 tonnes of it. The wines are now all safely cellared in barrels and tanks, mostly maturing gently over the winter period. The wild ferment whites will most likely quietly "prickle" away fermenting until mid summer.
The prior autumn of 2016 vintage being warm and dry produced some lovely fruit albeit a modest sized crop.
Wifi for Guests: For those guests who need wifi we have free wifi available through various areas of the complex (not guranteed in all bedrooms but in many of the social areas wifi is available).
For local information a new website provides a great guide to our district: www.chb.net.
CHB The Festival
Despite the fact that that we are on the market, we are still proposing to host the 2018 Festival from 6th-9th September. Hope to see you at the next Festival.
We are proud to have hosted the 15th annual The Festival (art, crafts, food, gardens, antiques and entertainment not forgetting of course, wine) in September 2017 with around 120 artisan stall holders touting their wares. The Festival is always a great success often with 3-4000 visitors over the 4 day event. This year there were demos each day and Sunday was a special "blokes" day. See www.thefestival.org.nz.
Wine Country Quilts Exhibition
The next quilting exhibition will be held from from Fri 23rd to Sun 25th March 2018. Please see Wine Country Quilts for more information.
You can see us on facebook "Pukeora Estate: Wines, Venue, Accommodation".