Amisfield Winery’s Bistro and Cellar Door is idyllically located overlooking beautiful Lake Hayes and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range. It offers exquisite food created using seasonal and locally sourced Central Otago produce and most times sourced from its own kitchen garden. The Bistro offers a daily changing a la carte menu and the “Trust the Chef” signature menu. The latter is a shared dining experience featuring dishes carefully designed to enhance the wines which they accompany course by course. It’s the element of surprise and the sharing nature of the “Trust the Chef” menu that is most exciting – you could have locally-reared venison, whitebait, or even wild boar ragu.
The food is an expression of local seasonal ingredients simply prepared, and an ultimate complement to the wines. In summer 2013 Amisfield will introduce a new picnic experience for its visitors featuring tapas dishes and custom-made picnic tables out on the private lawn found beyond the patio outside the iconic stone building. But be careful, the lawn can be the landing site for VIP guests arriving by helicopter.
Internationally-renowned artists display their work for sale within the Bistro building. And it’s interesting to learn that the exposed roof beams have come from a reclaimed railway bridge that was once washed away in the coastal Southland town of Riverton. But then of course, there’s the wine. Amisfield Winery specialises in Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines created from fruit grown on their Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa Mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. Amisfield’s “grown not made” philosophy is an approach to winemaking which focuses on integrity and purity using quality grapes.
At the Bistro you can get your hands on some of Amisfield’s library wines – these are sought-after wines that are no longer commercially available anywhere else and popular with wine collectors. It’s also easy to arrange international shipping so that when you arrive home from your New Zealand trip your box of Amisfield wine is there waiting for you.
Words: Charlotte Annice