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Wairau River Wines Restaurant

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11 Rapaura Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
+64 3-572 9800
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived breathless from a morning at the Omaka Aviation exhibitions to be greeted by the peace and calm of a lovely vineyard setting Whilst we both only had a mains course each and a glass of wine I can confidently say this was a fine restaurant with (as you would expect) a wine list which in the main was... More 

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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on the way to Nelson for lunch.Idyllic location with grape plantations and surrounding mountains,rustic and very beautiful restaurant,great service,very delicious food(chowder and beer battered fries awesome!) Great place to eat and drink tasty local wines!

Thank tundiis
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Everyone raved about their food here! I had the mussel chowder and it was the best chowder I've had while in New Zealand. Excellent flavor, perfectly seasoned, I'd order it again in a heartbeat.

Thank Troy M
London, Canada
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A very enjoyable tasting and lunch at this picturesque cellar door. The cellar manager was knowledgeable and keen to ensure we had a great experience. Book ahead though to be sure of lunch.

Thank GSET36
Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Super to see such a genuine, family run business doing so well. We had a fantastic tasting experience provided by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable presenter (Virginia), who explained the history of the place and more about the wines we were sampling. Tastings were generous - we sampled eight each! This was followed by a lovely lunch on the lawn... More 

Thank Dom B
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service from the lady poring wine was flawless! The food and service seemed slow however they were busy. The soup was beautiful with fresh bread.

Thank foodiesandwine
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a real pleasure eating here. Interesting and varied menu, reasonable pricing, excellent service and one of the most beautiful of all the winery restaurant settings. Having tried them all, Wairau is now established as our top recommendation for visitors to Blenheim in search of a really good winery lunch.

Thank MsMartini
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having previously visited for wine tasting we decided to go for lunch. Had the bread with olive oil followed by Chicken noodle salad with side of fries. The fries must be the best I have ever eaten. Crispy and fluffy they were perfect. The salad was wonderful with moist chicken and a fresh taste. I'm not normally a salad person... More 

Thank EJ B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and friendly service Good wine very nice place Convenient to reach from the road Many parking spaces

Thank Moshe M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best eating places in Marlborough wine country are in the vineyards and this is one of them. Nice big space, though maybe not large enough if the wine tour buses arrive all at once, and decent food. Excellent mussel chowder and acceptable blue cheese soufflé. Chicken liver pate looked honest on an adjacent table, as did a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Rapaura Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Blenheim
  • Phone Number: +64 3-572 9800
The menu at Wairau River Wines is built around the fresh produce that is readily available in the Marlborough district.Enjoy matching our superb wines at cellar door prices with lunch in a relaxed informal environment either outside on the sun drenched lawns and verandahs or inside beside the large open fire in winter.The Rose family are pioneer grape growers in Marlborough, today their five children all take an active role in the business.

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