Monthly Archives: October 2019

Spring is here… It’s time for a Garden Party

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2019

It’s that time of year… We’re waiting for budburst and Marlborough is beginning to blossom with longer daylight hours and warmer weather. Hurrah, Spring is here!

It’s also time for one of the highlights on Marlborough’s social calendar. New Zealand’s premier garden event, Garden Marlborough runs from 7th to 10th November.

Spring is the perfect season to hold your own Garden Party. So, we thought we’d share three tips to help you do just that!

Celebrate the Season:

A seasonal menu is always a big hit. There’s so much to choose from come spring. New season asparagus and perfectly sweet peas are wonderful fresh ingredients to use in your salad. Plus, berries are coming into season, so dessert is easily sorted!

Be prepared:

We all know Marlborough is #brillianteveryday, but alas a Spring shower is always a possibility. If you don’t have suitable indoor space to accommodate a wet weather day, then a marquee or gazebo could be a wise investment. We have no doubt that your guests will want to stay awhile, so an outside heater, firepit, or even a large supply of toasty rugs and throws will allow them to party into the evening.

Don’t forget the bubbles:

What’s a party without bubbles? That’s where we come in. Our mixed cases are perfect for when you’re planning a party. Plus, we also have a special promotion that will ensure that when you’re asked to a Spring Garden Party your wine is perfectly dressed for the occasion. Buy any mixed case from our online store between 25th October and 15th December and receive a free chiller bag*. Shop our range of Mixed Cases HERE.

*While stocks last.

Visit Us:

If you’re heading to Garden Marlborough don’t forget to call into the Cellar Door to try our No.1 Family Estate bubbles. We have extended our opening hours for the Summer and will be open daily from 10.00 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.

A Gold for Cuvée Adele at the Six Nations Wine Challenge

Posted by [email protected] on October 10, 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Cuvée Adele 2013 has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Sparkling Class at the Six Nations Wine Challenge.

The Six Nations Wine Challenge showcases the very best new world wines from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Chile, South Africa and the US. Wines entered are evaluated by 6 of the most prominent and well-known Wine Judges in the New World, including New Zealand’s Bob Campbell MW.

This limited edition vintage cuvée is only produced in the years that Daniel considers being outstanding in quality and 2013 was one of those special vintages.

An extraordinary wine, it sparkles with a tightly focused bouquet exhibiting light biscuity notes, toasted nuts and a firm mousse.

Yvonne Lorkin, the co-founder of Wine Friend and Thirsty Work presenter, has previously called the wine, 'Mindbendingly Delicious' and because it was crafted by Daniel as a proud tribute to Adele, she also coins it 'A love story in a bottle'.

This is a perfect offering for your loved ones as the festive season approaches. Cuvée Adele is magnificently presented in a wonderful gift box. In full Hollywood starlet mode, the box lights up when you open it, illuminating the stunning Swarovski crystals on the bottle.


Be quick... We have extremely limited numbers available online. Buy yours HERE.

Or call into the cellar door, our new summer opening hours are:

From Sat the 19th October, seven days a week, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 26th October, seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Three tips to help you get the best 'Taste' of Auckland

Posted by [email protected] on October 02, 2019

The countdown is on to the fabulous Taste of Auckland event. 

With 40 pop-up restaurants & bars, a huge artisan market full of passionate producers from all over New Zealand, live music by cutting edge musicians, and the "Godfather of modern cooking himself - British culinary legend Marco Pierre White, there's a lot going on!

So, we thought we'd help you make the most of the event. We're sharing three tips to help you get the best 'Taste' of Auckland.

Planning makes perfect:

Whether you're heading to Taste as part of a group, with a friend, or going solo. It makes sense to plan ahead. The event runs over four days, Thursday the 31st October until Sunday the 3rd November. Both Friday and Saturday are split into two four-hour sessions. Firstly, make sure you leave plenty of travel time so you arrive promptly to be able to enjoy your full session. Also, review all the Taste Experiences and Festival Zones online before your day, so you have an idea of your must-sees and must-dos!

Beat the queues:

The Taste festival has its own digital currency, Crowns. You can purchase these at the door if you have a General Admission ticket. But purchase a Premium or VIP ticket and you'll beat the queues because your tickets and Crowns are sent to you, meaning you just have to collect your glass at the door. Find out more HERE.

Visit the No.1 Family Estate Cuvee Bar:

No visit to a food and drink festival would be complete without a glass of bubbles! We'll be pouring our classic No.1 Cuvée, the fresh and inviting No.1 Assemblé, the dry, fresh and elegant No.1 Rosé, our limited edition No.1 Reserve and finally our limited edition vintage Cuvée Adele. Do stop by and say hello!

To celebrate Taste of Auckland we're giving away two pairs of General Admission tickets. One pair to Session 4 and one pair to session 6. Enter HERE.