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Auckland’s first waterfront urban cellar door opens on Princes Wharf

Auckland’s first urban cellar door and wine bar on the waterfront has opened its doors, representing a stable of local wineries.

Somm, located on Princes Wharf in the CBD, is named for Sommelier and represents wineries including Church Road, Martinborough Vineyard, Te Kairanga, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty.

The drinks list offers a wine flight menu, making it easy to match and compare between regions, varietals and wineries with the help of tasting notes.

Plus an extensive catalogue of library wines by the bottle and large format wines, with guest wineries from other regions, such as Waiheke Island and North Canterbury.

There are also local beers on tap and a selection of cocktails and Champagne.

Executive Chef Gavin Doyle says Somm is set to become Auckland’s home of wine, capturing the ceremony of a regional cellar door with the comfort of a local wine bar.

“We saw an opportunity to bring the beloved experience of a cellar door to the city and Princes Wharf provided the perfect location to do so.

“The waterfront celebrates how we talk about wine — its viscosity, its intensity, its complexity – and the outlook complements Somm so well,” he says.

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