Situated just out of Oneroa at the western end of Waiheke Island, Cable Bay Vineyards is handy to the passenger ferry terminal and the ideal place to spend plenty of time at to soak in the Island atmosphere. It’s a beautiful and modern edifice to visit and everything is contemporary, clean and sleek. It is clear to see that a great deal of thought and planning went into designing the winery and cellar door complex. On the surface, it’s the complete hospitality destination with a sophisticated award-winning restaurant, classy small-plate serving wine bar and tasting room, and up-to-date conference facilities. It’s proven to be an outstanding venue for weddings and functions, and visitors can enjoy commanding views out to sea. The lawn is regularly the home for sculpture exhibits, reinforcing the smart-art theme at Cable Bay.
However it’s all in support of the growing and making of fine Waiheke wine. Neill Culley is the man responsible for the wine. With three decades in the industry he is one of the country’s very experienced wine personalities and highly respected as a winemaker. He draws Waiheke Island fruit from around 10 ha of vines from sites that are owned by the company and shareholders, the vineyards all in close proximity to the winery. Some contract fruit is taken from beyond, notably some Merlot from Onetangi. Outside of Waiheke Island, the Central Otago fruit is transported to the Island for vinification, but the Marlborough fruit is dejuiced at Babich’s plant there.