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Nice Tasting Experience

On a rainy day, the Akarua Cellar Door warmly welcomed us. They did a generous line-up of six... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
North Miami Beach, Florida
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Good range, great quality

Helpful and knowledgable cellar door person. First stop of the day and a good impression of the... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2018
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Rapid 210 Cairnmuir Road RD 2 | Bannockburn, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 0897
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a rainy day, the Akarua Cellar Door warmly welcomed us. They did a generous line-up of six wines for a free tasting. The pourer was engaging but not intrusive.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

Went to Akarua as part of the wine tour we booked. The place was lovely and costumer service was very engaging. I end up forgetting my favorite winter Wool jacket behind and had to fly back to Australia the following day. I called and left...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Juliana G
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Having tried some of their range at a restaurant the night before I was eager to do a wine tasting to see what else they offer. Unfortunately when my partner and I arrived at the cellar door we were met by an incredibly rude woman...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kelly J
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Helpful and knowledgable cellar door person. First stop of the day and a good impression of the area. You can do tastings at their Lake Hayes location but it is nice to be where the action is.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank WayneK160
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I love their wines and we belong to the wine club through which we get a good discount however, after visiting yesterday and buying a bottle of rose for $30 I discovered that the same wine is available elsewhere for up to $10 less!! Very...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Karen C
mariaoM9222LJ, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Akarua, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Hi Karen, I am very sorry you have had some problems with pricing. Our cellar door manager has looked into this and it looks as though a typo was made on your receipt, however that you were indeed charged the right amount. It looks as...More

Reviewed 3 December 2017

This was our final stop on our wine tour. The staff was completely overwhelmed so we waited for quite some time to taste the wines. The tasting room was uncomfortably hot, so we all waited outside. During our tasting, the staff seemed absent minded as...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank markitiki
mariaoM9222LJ, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Akarua, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Apologies for the late response here. I am extremely sorry you encountered less than perfect service when visiting us in December which was a very warm month in Central Otago particularly in the afternoons. We do have air conditioning but perhaps the amount of people...More

Reviewed 27 February 2017

Akarua presented some good wines which we had tasted throughout Southland. Knowledgeable and friendly attentative staff.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Graham B
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Akarua Wines just outside Cromwell on Cairnmuir Road and we're glad that we did. The lady who led us through the tasting was very knowledgable and very pleasant. We came away with a bottle of their Siren 2013 Pinot Noir and a bottle...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 78McM
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We were here on a wine tour and had a great experience. We especially enjoyed the commentary of the owner. He was friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to sample several wines, including an ice wine. Our favorites were the Pinot Gris and the Pinot...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Samndjsdad
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Akarua's cellar door hosts guests at customized barrels with built in storage for the wines to be sampled. This pairs you with a winery rep (ours was Sharon—very helpful and pleasant) who gives you undivided attention while you cycle through the offerings. Akarua's wine are...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank JimdagOG
Deborah A, Director of Sales at Akarua, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2016

Dear Jim, Thank you so much for your kind review! Great to hear you loved our wines so much. We really appreciate your positive feedback! Thanks Again, Deborah Adams Marketing Coordinator

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