Pukeora Estate is a stunning hilltop setting for our family run vineyard, boutique winery and function venue.
Our wines under the PUKEORA ESTATE label are available for tastings and sales at our cellar door or via our website.
Accommodation for groups of up to 120 people is available at reasonable prices.
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Pukeora was once a hospital, now hospitality is the name of the game.
The Venue is the ideal centre to hire for an event.
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+ can be accommodated either with meals/bar service provided or on a self-catering basis.
We offer wine tasting at almost anytime but we recommend making a prior arrangement to avoid disapointment as we can be hard to find at times. Small group tastings are generally very casual on our home verandah.
We can provide wine tastings and or meals / tea breaks for groups in our stunning café
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
Award winning wines grown on our limestone slopes from vintages 2009 to 2013 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/Cab Sauv/Malbec & Syrah) and a recently released Noble Selection of botrytised chardonnay and semillion grapes. See wine cellar sales.
2013 Vintage was a dream vintage with a wonderful harvest of ripe, clean fruit. The bigger reds are showing fabulous deep dark colour aging in barrel. The whites are bottled and the Pinot Gris 13 is now released.
The 2014 season delivered a warm mild start with prolonged gentle heat throughout the growing and ripening period. Vintage started wonderfully with plentiful ripe fruit pouring into the winery. Frustratingly, autumn rain interupted our picking program resulting in a "fussy" pick but careful bunch selection resulted in some great ripe fruit being crushed. Conditions allowed for another "sticky" white and we even trialled a "port" style with some red "raisons". So all in all 2014 should be an interesting vintage.
For local information a new website provides a great guide to our district: www.chb.net.
A wonderful recent event was the "Up the Mountain: Old-Time Appalachian Music Festival" from 22-24 August 2014 (see www.oldtimeymusic.kiwi.nz ). Pukeora Estate comes alive with live music echoing from every corner of the building during this weekend. A great weekend for musicians to gather together and play their favourite instruments. A concert open to the public is usually on offer to showcase this special genre of music.
We were proud to be host the 12th annual The Festival (art, crafts, food, gardens, antiques and entertainment not forgetting of course, wine) during September 4th-7th 2014 with around 140 artisan stall holders touting their wares. The Festivals are a great success with up to 5000 visitors over the 4 day event. See www.thefestival.org.nz. Hope to see you at next year's The Festival.