Our Cellar Door is open year-round, seven days a week, from 10:30am until 4:30pm
We are a popular venue for functions, events, weddings and concerts and on occasion close early to accommodate these. Please contact the Cellar Door to confirm opening hours to avoid disappointment on the day.
Tastings are available all day, with bookings only required for groups of 6 or more.
The Versatility of the Grape Experience departs daily at 11:00am and runs for approximately an hour and a half.
The Legacy and Winery Experience departs daily at 3:00pm and is approximately an hour long
We are closed on the following Public Holidays:
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day
For large group, private or tour operator bookings please call the Cellar Door on 06 833 8225 or email [email protected]
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
- Outdoor terrace
- Winery and cellar door
About Church Road Experiences and Tastings
The Cellar Door offers a range of activities for you to discover and experience Church Road, our wines and our 120-year-old history.
A variety of tastings are available giving guests the opportunity to explore our whole portfolio of wines including Cellar Door exclusive products and the prestigious TOM range.
We operate two experiences daily, our morning Versatility of the Grape Experience at 11:00am and the afternoon Legacy and Winery Experience at 3:00pm.
The Versatility of the Grape Experience ($70pp) is your opportunity to discover the passion and innovation of our winemaking team. With glass in hand, sample multiple ways that we are using grapes for more than just the production of wine. From pressed juice to balsamic vinegar and barrel aged spirit, enjoy an informative behind the scenes look at our world of wine and the adaptability of this versatile fruit. Your experience concludes with a guided tasting of our award winning range of wines and runs for approximately 1.5 hours.
In the afternoon we host our Legacy and Winery Experience. Immerse yourself in the past, present and future of Church Road and learn more about our winemaking philosophy. Sample some of our pre-release wines, enjoy the barrel halls, caves and historical underground museum finishing with an in depth wine tasting. This experience runs for approximately 1 hour.
The variety of wines was good, but for the tastings there needs to be a palate cleanser (eg breadsticks) between each wine + rinsing the wine glass so the flavors are not mixed. Also there seems to be a distinction between cheese boards and platters, which confused us (one was available to order and the other wasn't). Also too many rules about what one can order or drink from the cellar and the smaller shop downstairs. The fact that we couldn't drink the wine we bought at the premises outside on the grass while having a cheeseboard seemed a bit weird. But Melissa and Rebecca were super lovely, love their service!
Best winery in Napier.
Great for a team meeting activity (8 ppl) even with 2 non-drinkers
Friendly helpful staff . Great range of quality wines
We had an awesome tour Church Road will ways be our favourite ♥️
HINE was a fabulous guide giving us so much information about wine production, had the answers on all our "stupid" questions, very professional. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Will be definatelly back and recommend to our friends, very enjoyable afternoon
My husband & father in law thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting experience. Very knowledgeable staff. Thank you.
Thank you for your kind feedback, Julia. We are pleased you enjoyed your wine tasting and the service you received. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We both had the $35 tour in the afternoon. I felt the tour guide could have been a bit more informed. It was "ok" but not worth the money. Had we been told a bit more about the process and the history then fine, but it was lacking. The tour guide even stopped and had an unrelated conversation with a colleague. The wine given out at the tastings was barely enough at times to have a meaningful sip. I expected enough for a couple of sips to get the flavour but that wasn't the case all the time. We were in a group of 6 and the others were rolling their eyes at the amounts given. The tour guide was nice and pleasant enough but we did not feel it was value for money. It was unfortunate as the place looked really nice.
Thank you for your feedback. Your honest comments are valuable to us, and we pride ourselves on premium experiences. We will take this information to the team in hopes of better experiences in the future. We hope to have the chance to welcome you back. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
My husband and I attended the Versatility of the Grape experience, hosted by Kay. We appreciated her knowledge, experience, sense of humor and energy. The wines were terrific, too! Highly recommend.
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are pleased you had an excellent Versatility Experience with Kay and will pass on the kind words. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We had a fabulous time! Our guide, Kay, was awesome. The whole tour was informative and so interesting. Learning about the winery's future plans was great. Thank you so much for such a great experience.
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience here, and will pass the compliments on to Kay. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We did the Guided Tour at 3.oopm, led by Ann. It was outstanding. We learnt about the history of Church Road Estate and also wine-making techniques then had a great tasting.
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled that Ann gave you an exceptional experience here, and will pass the compliments on to her. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
The tour through the winery is a great experience, Alastair is an awesome guide showing us all his passion for wine and this historical place which is also innovative and inspiring. Way more than we expected.
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that Alistair gave you an exceptional experience at Church Road. We will pass on the compliments to him! The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Thanks as always team, appreciate the amazing service
Thanks for your review, Russell. We are so glad you've had another positive experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We didn't eat in the restaurant so cannot comment on the food. On the basis of the rest of our experience, I am sure the food is very good! The wine was, however, superb. The tour (versatility of the grape) was excellent and Chelsea, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable
Thank you for the kind review, Gillian. We are so pleased you enjoyed your Versatility of the Grape Experience, the wine and service and hope to welcome you back again. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Excellent staff.. very accomodative.. and the knowledge of wines really exceeded .. Would be visiting soon... Highly recommended
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are pleased that your expectations were exceeded with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
I learnt so much during this tour and it was really interesting to go behind the scenes and see the barrels maturing and visit the museum. Our tour guide Hine was just fantastic and was able to answer all our questions. The fact that you do wine tasting on top of this really is great value for money!
Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad that Hine gave you a wonderful experience here, and hope to welcome you back again soon. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
The staff is nice and friendly.
Thank you for your review. We are pleased you had great service from our team and look forward to welcoming you back. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Our guide "Denise" was fantastic!
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are happy you had a great experience with Denise and will pass on your compliments. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We 4 had the most wonderful afternoon at Church Road Winey at the wine tasting experience
Thank you for your kind response. We are pleased to read you had a wonderful afternoon here and hope to welcome you back soon. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Wonderful and very informative tour.
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Church Road and hope to welcome you again soon. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Best thing i ever did in 2019😊
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled your experience here was the highlight of your year and we hope to welcome you back in 2020! The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Our international students really enjoyed their wine-tasting experience and Becks did a great job presenting the different wines and responding to questions.
Thanks for your kind review. We are pleased the students are enjoying their times with us, and will pass on the compliment to Becs. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
Will be back in February to do the longer morning tour with friends.
Thank you for your kind response. We are pleased you enjoyed the Legacy and Winery Experience and look forward to hosting you again soon. The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor
We all enjoyed the cellar door experience immensely. It was so informative - the history of Church Road is so important to the region. The tour was also fascinating. The people friendly and we have already been recommending you.
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us so much, and were fascinated on the experience. We'll pass on the comments to the team. Come again any time! The team at Church Road, Chelsea Abramoff, Cellar Door Supervisor