Poverty Bay Wine
Located in 120-year-old stables in Matawhero, Gisborne, the Bridge Estate cellar door is also the home of Poverty Bay Wine Estates, and is a welcome staging post for those doing the legendary East Coast road trip up around the East Cape and back down the Waioeka Gorge, a classic drivers’ heaven. Like classic-car owners, Bridge Estate prizes antiquity — during the recent conversion of the stables into the cellar door, recycling was key, and barely a length of new timber was used.
As with the cellar door, the vineyard is something of a collector’s item, being one of the country’s few singlesite Bordeaux vineyards. Planted in 1985, it produces fine red and white wines, including the legendary Bridge Estate Reserve label Bordeaux blend, only produced in the best years.
In addition to the top label, other wines are produced under the Poverty Bay label, including a Merlot Cabernet, a Sémillon, plus a Rosé made using the French saigneé method. This French theme extends to the food, which is typical French provincial fare featuring pâtés, charcuterie, and ripe cheeses.
Bridge Estate is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, and seven days during December and January. Groups may care to book.