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News.New Cellar Door Stays True to Award-Winning Values.

Shortly before going to press with the last newsletter, it was announced that Hunter's Wines was the joint winner of the Wine Marlborough Cellar Door of the Year Competition.

The news came as finishing touches were underway on the brand new cellar door, the most recent of two transformations of the original Hunter's farmhouse.

And despite the change in location, visitors have been greeted throughout the summer with the same relaxed and inclusive atmosphere which nabbed the award for 2017.

Its doors opened just before Christmas and has been going full steam ahead ever since.

"It's been very good, people love it," managing director Jane Hunter says.

"It's got a huge amount of the original villa character, so it lends itself to our story that we have been around for a while. We're very pleased with it."

The site of the new cellar door was previously the Hunter's Cafe, which took the place of the farm cottage Jane and Ernie Hunter lived in until 1984.

Tasting plates are now available at the cellar door to be enjoyed with wine tastings, topped with cheeses, cured meats and marinated olives, as well as a chocolate brownie.

"It's been extremely popular with people relaxing in the garden with a small platter and a tasting, and just enjoying the full ambience," Jane says.

With seating inside and out, guests can get amongst the nature of the garden or enjoy the newly renovated space inside while taking their time with a relaxed wine tasting.

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