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“Notes of rude and snooty”
Review of Waipara Hills

Waipara Hills
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Wine Tasting Tour including Gourmet Lunch
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Waipara
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Owner description: On State Highway 1, set amongst the vines is the iconic stone building that is home to Waipara Hills. Here you'll discover an operating winery, cellar door and seasonal cafe. Just 45 minutes drive north of Christchurch.
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Popped in to enjoy the wine tasting. We were treated rudely and laughed at on one occasion when remarking about the wine. The wine itself was enjoyable however the snooty atmosphere left a sour taste. I don’t think this is a reflection of the premises but rather the woman who served us.

Date of experience: June 2018
6  Thank hayleye89
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

A quaint little cellar door right on the main highway. During our recent visit to Christchurch we encountered one particularly wet day so we thought we would venture North for a drive and drop in to a few vineyards.
This was our first stop and we were very impressed by the ambiance of the place. The lady at the tasting counter was a little different but warmed to us eventually and after a subdued start did become quite friendly.
We had a quick look at the lunch menu and decided to stay for lunch
It was a good decision. Service was good. We had a nice table that had a good view especially of the rain rolling in and we settled on a couple of platters which were delicious particularly when paired with some nice Chardonnay
We never got to another vineyard such was the enjoyment we got here
Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: May 2018
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WaiparaHills, Manager at Waipara Hills, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Thank you David for taking the time to review us here, we are very pleased you had an enjoyable time.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

After a disappointing start we had lovely meal in cafe , the service & food beautiful as well as setting , shame about old lady doing tastings needs to retire totally uninterested in promoting wines , area or even selling us any wine not that she even asked i generally always buy after tastings , after waiting to start the tasting we experienced the worst wine tasting ever, big call but working in vineyards in past i was disappointed with her lack of interest & enthusiasm towards the lovely wines,should've just left wine out for us to taste ourselves no info about wine other than pick what you want of tasting sheet real shame as rest of experience was lovely & relaxing cafe staff very friendly & helpful

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Kirstchch
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Disappointed with the wine tasting woman,she barely acknowledged us and when she served us was totally disinterested with no enthusiasm or imparting of wine knowledge as is generally the case when wine tasting.
Luckily the cafe made it worth the trip from Christchurch wonderful meal and lovely friendly staff a real contrast to the wine celler.

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank 9jac
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Mid week lunch with the family. Waited to be seated for 2-3 minutes. Asked to sit outside where we could see several tables. Told we could only sit inside. So we sat inside. Next party to arrive we’re shown to one of the outside tables. Why was this I asked? Blank looks on the waitgirls face. Why does anyone running a place like this think lying to your customers is ever a good idea.
Don’t bother with these amateurs. Drive on.

There are plenty of other good places around.

Date of experience: April 2018
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