A Perfect Summer Day with the Amisfield Wine Company

A Perfect Summer Day with the Amisfield Wine Company

Everybody loves a bit of wine. Pick your poison—a full-bodied Pinot, a smooth Savvie with a kick or maybe a light and fruity Rosé. Whatever you're after, Amisfield does it well. Central Otago is most well known for their Pinot Noirs but Amisfield's award-winning selection of both reds and whites prove that these guys know what they're doing.

Though production actually takes place offsite at the vineyard, the venue hosts a bistro and tasting room best described as high-class with a touch of casual. I looked but couldn't find the expected pretentiousness anywhere.

The first steps I took into the bistro reminded me of home. Comfy chairs and a cozy fireplace connected to a gorgeous open-air courtyard commemorated the perfect summer day.

The tasting room was stocked and, for a nominal fee, eight sparklings, whites and reds are available for consumption.

The Marlborough region is known for its Sauvignon Blanc. Here, in Central Otago, they're known for the Pinot Noir. Theirs, being the signature wine, has won gold awards at numerous top competitions in the world. It's rich and dark with notes of black plum. Low in tannins and sugar, it's a good health choice!

For me, though, the real standout was the Rocky Knoll Pinot. The deep and dark, full-bodied earth tones hit the spot. Not too sweet, not too dry. It's my type of wine.

And the bistro definitely held its own. We ordered a zucchini and goats cheese bruschetta with a side of local bleu cheese on sourdough. I had a glass of the Pinot Blanc while my tasting partner in crime had a glass of the Rosé.

The cheese came with a homemade jelly that I assumed to be some sort of apricot marmalade. In actuality, it's a jelly made from one of their dessert wines! The idea of an alcoholic jelly makes me think I should pick up a jar for breakfast!

The Amisfield Wine Company has got it goin' on. They're professional yet edgy; some of the bottles even have QR codes that will bring up tasting notes for your all your wine geekery pleasure.

Take the bus, though. You'll be buzzin' on your way out that door.

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10 Responses to A Perfect Summer Day with the Amisfield Wine Company

  1. Susan October 1, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Those photos are incredible; the colors of the wine bottles are so vivid. The photo of the patio tugged on my soul, leaving me with an enormous longing to be there. I loved sitting by that pool and looking out at those beautiful hills. The ambiance of the winery, with its casual elegance, really suited me. I too felt at home there.

    • Jeremy October 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

      It was such a beautiful venue and the scenery was amazing…rolling green hills with mountains in the background. Such a cool spot–I wouldn’t mind going back again!

  2. Matt October 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Cool to see Amifield is clued in with the bar coded wine bottles for tasting notes. Hope all is well in Welly!

    • Jeremy October 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      I know! So cool, right? They really seem to have it together. Wellington is an awesome city. You should come check it out sometime!

  3. Teresa October 4, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    It’s extra chilly here in NYC today that fireplace pic is really calling to me! Great article, really easy to read and relate to.

    • Jeremy October 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      Wishing I could be back there right now! Nice and rainy in Wellington, NZ at the moment so that fireplace sure does seem appealing!

  4. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) August 28, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    I drank plenty of pinot noir while in Queenstown, but I didn’t make it to one of the wineries. Looks like I missed out. Just all the more reason to go back. 🙂

  5. Tyvek Jand October 1, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    There is so much to do in Queenstown that you can easily get overwhelmed, but fear not! This three-day summer itinerary will give you a perfect mix of adventure, gourmet food, and relaxation.


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