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We’ve heard it be called many things- a winery, cellar door, tasting room, Bodega, Chateau… In New Zealand, we most commonly refer to the place to taste and buy wine as a cellar door.

Mills Reef Winery

Cellar doors are commonly located at or near the winery, but others are located at a vineyard, in a local restaurant, or even share spaces with other wine producers, art galleries, or retailers.

Although some tastings are free, some charge a fee to sample wines (around $5-$20) and many will refund the tasting fee with a bottle purchase. If you’re unsure, it’s always a good idea to ask in advance.

Many cellar doors have regular opening hours; however, some require an appointment to visit.  Additionally, opening hours may change seasonally and on public holidays. If you are keen to visit a particular winery, it is always a good practice to call ahead to confirm, especially if traveling with a group of more than four people.

Safety is important in New Zealand so always have a designated driver.  All tasting rooms have spittoons to use, it is acceptable to share tastings with a partner, and there are plenty of tour operators and car and transportation services available in the wine regions.

On the map above, zoom into the area you wish to visit to see what cellar door options are available.

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