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The Hunting Lodge produce beautiful wines from sites across NZ, particularly West Auckland, Marlborough and Central Otago. Their West Auckland spot charmingly tells their story with vines lining the drive as you come in, a lush vege garden off to one side and then a community of buildings surrounding each other.
One of the buildings that stands out is their restaurant and it's a longstanding symbol of the quality that The Hunting Lodge produce in regards to both their wine and food. It's a beautiful Villa with character and charm yet simplicity and approachability.
A term you'll hear a lot around The Hunting Lodge is 'pasture-to-plate philosophy' and this involves the team growing as much produce as they can on site to supply their restaurant and sourcing whatever else they need locally.
This ethos carries through to their wines as they have a strong sense of terroir and place due to minimal interventionist winemaking techniques. Personality and uniqueness is therefore in abundance, and this is only emphasised by some of the unique varietals The Hunting Lodge use to produce wines. Lagrein anyone?!
Pete, the winemaker, answered a few of our questions about the 2019 vintage, his favourite grape and more, so if you want to keep ready click here!
"Sustainability, simplicity and doing things differently."
For The Hunting Lodge sustainability and giving back to the land is central to what they do. They want the environment that has allowed The Hunting Lodge to flourish to be available for generations to come. To do this, they practice a true 'pasture-to-plate' philosophy, growing veges and herbs on site that supply their iconic restaurant. They have over 130 edible plant varieties growing on site and use them to spruce up their menu when nature intends. Pictured here is Des Harris who's their Executive Chef and the mastermind behind much of the menu inspiration. Chef Asher Abramowitz and Pastry Chef Vicky Gurovich also play critical roles in bringing the pasture to the plate!
Beyond the home produce, they're a New Zealand family owned winery and love to support local communities wherever possible.
They also work with sustainable wine options and this has led them to printing the Expressions wine range labels on recycled labels and delivering them in recycled cases. They're also lower bottle weight making them more efficient to transport.