Cable Bay Waiheke

Modern wine, food and art at a stunning location

When you arrive at Cable Bay vineyard Waiheke, the clean modern architecture mixed with the view of Auckland harbour and Rangitoto Island is pretty breathtaking. The sunken entrance is crammed with modern art by New Zealand artists Ray Haydon and Karyn Taylor which competes with the view of sky and sea visible through the glass doors that open onto the large lawn.

The food at Cable bay is modern and refined, with fresh ingredients sourced from the large, on-site vegetable garden. There were baby strands of cavolo nero on the salmon dish we tasted that had been plucked from the garden that morning. Many restaurants pay lip service to the idea of fresh, seasonal produce; at Cable Bay, the gardeners are working hard to make it a reality. The dining room caters to those who are after a more formal dining experience, while the large veranda area is perfect for sharing one of the cheese boards or a mix of the small plates, and a bottle of wine.

We spoke with Chelsea, the incredibly enthusiastic wine expert at the Cellar Door about their new rose, who said “it’s name is Flamingo. Wine every year, even the same grapes from the same area, have totally different personalities. This is the first time we used our pinot noir grapes as a rose. Something out of the ordinary like a bright pink flamingo.” The wine is available by the glass, as well as the bottle and uses organic grapes from the Awatere valley.