Desert Heart Estate

Desert Heart Estate, Bannockburn: Hours, Address, Desert Heart Estate Reviews: 4.5/5

Desert Heart Estate
4.5
Monday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Desert Heart Estate is our small boutique vineyard, which hosts our tasting room, cellar door and the Desert Heart Kitchen, situated on the iconic Felton Road in Bannockburn. This is where our beautiful wines are created, with what is best for the land, the grape and the soul. We are not pretentious, just fun, and creative with energy and passion. Desert Heart is the perfect place to drop in, taste our award winning wines or sit and sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a seasonal, beautifully prepared platter whilst delighting in the sweeping vista of surrounding mountains and Kawarau River. This is Denny and Jane’s place, and reflects their attitude in that Desert Heart wines and food are not just made, but are created by an unyielding and impassioned focus on quality and attention to detail. Call in share a taste of “Desert Heart” and the culture and care that created it.
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Ken D
Christchurch, New Zealand57 contributions
Superb vineyard lunch expereince
Oct 2021
An excellent experience. The food, wine and staff were all great. The platter was the best we had ever had and fully lived up to the recommendation of our hosts at Bannockburn House. This is a great place to visit and enjoy relaxing with food and wine
Written 11 October 2021
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GrantandSheryl D
Dunedin, New Zealand141 contributions
Awesome place
Apr 2021 • Friends
Great wine, amazing food, fantastic staff. Have been here a couple of times and never disappointed. There platters are amazing great variety and staff explained what was on them when they brought them out. Worth a visit. Ring and book so you won’t be disappointed
Written 5 April 2021
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Vik_and_Linz
Auckland, New Zealand96 contributions
Legendary food platters and outstanding wine
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is our absolute favourite vineyard in Central Otago 💕
Their wine is absolutely stunning and their food platters legendary. Sitting on bean bags looking at the view drinking their Chardonnay with their platter is as surely close to heaven as you can get.
Written 19 March 2021
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Double-May
Palmerston North, New Zealand11 contributions
The most amazing lunch platter
Feb 2021
When we were visiting Central Otago for the first time we had the most superb lunch platter at Desert heart Winery. The simplicity of this place is part of its charm. We truly had the best platter we have ever had. The staff were so friendly and professional. We will certainly go back.
Written 3 March 2021
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mcnz
Auckland, New Zealand67 contributions
Great wine , great food
Jan 2021
Great food, great wine
Lunchtime platter and sides were really good in a setting in the vineyard overlooking the river and looking across the valley..
Very well put together food, really tasty cheese rolls, varied platter which was refreshingly different to most vineyard platters.
Wine tasting good fun with Jane, Chardonnay and Seduction Pinot noir great wines.
We’ll definitely be back
Written 23 January 2021
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OutOnaLym
Christchurch, New Zealand30 contributions
Best food, wine, service, and value for money
Jan 2021 • Couples
With the drive from Wanaka. We came twice. Not only the best platter I’ve ever had but great value for money. Their wine selection stunning and the service exceptional. The best without pretentiousness and the staff and service first class. Won’t ever be in central Otago without visiting here
Written 12 January 2021
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Chloe L
Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
The Heart of Otago Wine
Mar 2020
Undisputedly the best platter in Central Otago - an absolute delight on Felton Road. Beautiful, truly delectable wines, especially their 2012 Pinot and a seriously drinkable chardonnay that could spark a chardonnay renaissance. Jane and Denny are the perfect Kiwi hosts, boasting a comprehensive knowledge of the area, stories of the vintages that can only enhance the tasting experience and absolute masters in the kitchen. With its beautiful outlook across Bannockburn from the tasting room, Desert Heart sings true to the quality of wine this area of New Zealand is renowned for, further complemented up by the food and overall experience.
Written 13 December 2020
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Zoe D
London, UK109 contributions
The perfect afternoon!
Mar 2020
I visit Desert Heart each time I visit Otago - ashamed to say this is my first review! The wine is delicious and always special, and the setting is just gorgeous - you can while away the day overlooking the valley and river, with a bottle of Pinot and one of their AMAZING platters...

I loved our last wine tasting with Phil, who knows all about the grapes and harvest. As a massive Pinot Noir fan, I do think this is one of the best drops from Otago - and their Pinot Gris is delicious too!!

Planning on visiting next summer (again!) and stocking up the cellar :)
Written 11 December 2020
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JohnTL
Opotiki, New Zealand226 contributions
Unbelievable
Nov 2020 • Couples
Have you ever been served by someone who outwardly shows they dont want to be there
Well we were but turns out she is part owner
Feel sorry for other owners who are involved with her and she is on front line
Called in to do wine tasting and some lunch
The very much older lady made it perfectly obvious we were a nuisance
She even got to the point of pouring different variieties of wines on top of other varieties wasnt watching what she was doing
She advised us she assisted winemaker in making wines so dont criticise them
I decided to walk away rather than endure her attitude and so we forwent the lunch
Questions re wine were greeted with a look that would have sunk the Titanic
Rather than continue to wreck other peoples experiences she should get out of the business and leave to other more pleasant proffesionals retire
You are not suited to a front line role
Written 5 November 2020
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h0lidaysun
Sydney, Australia156 contributions
Yum!
Oct 2020
What a great find! We went here for the first time yesterday and wow, perfect Sunday afternoon 'eat drink and be merry' location.
The platter has amazing food on it-not the same old, same old, meats and cheeses, but a selection of flavoursome home made items. Also, yummy dessert!
The 'gals' who run the place are fun and friendly!
The location, overlooking the Kawarau River, superb.
We are lucky that as Wanaka locals it is an easy access for us to visit again-and we will!
Written 18 October 2020
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