The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Wither Hills to open Marlborough restaurant

rsz_witherhillsWither Hills has announced it will open a new restaurant at its Marlborough winery and cellar.

Opening in November, the restaurant is located at the iconic Wither Hills winery, five minutes from Blenheim, and will initially offer a lunch-time service, matching Wither Hills wines with a menu of locally-sourced produce.

The cellar door will continue to operate alongside the new restaurant, offering comprehensive tastings of the Wither Hills wines seven days a week, with tours of the vine library and barrel hall also available.

“The Marlborough region is a remarkable part of the world to visit. We’re excited to re-launch our restaurant and give visitors the opportunity to sample our award-winning wines and beautiful food in a breathtaking setting,” says Craig Baldie, National Marketing Director at Lion.

“We are currently prospecting for a Head Chef who can work with the Wither Hills team to create a menu with the same level of passion that goes into making our wine.”

New Zealand interior designer and judge of TV3’s The Block, Paul Izzard, will lead the redesign of the space, which will be the first renovation in 10 years.

“It’s an exciting project. Our design will enhance the Wither Hill visitor experience by pairing the cellar door with a relaxed and inviting well balanced culinary offer,” says Izzard.

The Wither Hills Restaurant and Cellar Door will be open 7 days and bookings will be available from October, via telephone and but reservations are not required.

The venue will also be available for small functions and private dining from November, and weddings and major events from January 2017.