Elephant Hill Estate Winery, Te Awanga

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Enjoy a fine dining experience at family-owned Elephant Hill Estate Winery. The first thing you'll notice as you arrive at the vineyard and winery are the sights: a stunning view of the Te Awanga coast and its cliffs. You can tour the vineyards and cellar during your visit, then sit down to admire the scenery while indulging in scrumptious food. Of course, they serve the vineyard's very own wines, and each course has a suggested pairing. Some of the specialties offered include Syrah, viognier, and the proprietary blends Le Phant Rouge and Le Phant Blanc. For Elephant Hill Estate Winery and beyond, use our Te Awanga trip generator to get the most from your Te Awanga vacation.
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  • Elephant Hill restaurant is a favourite for special occasions for my wife and I. The food is always great with some innovation, and the wide is excellent. The facilities are modern and appealing, and ...  read more »
  • We only had time for one winery visit while visiting the Napier/Hastings region. Our choice of Elephant Hill winery was a happy accident as we randomly chose a winery in the vicinity of Te Mata Peak (...  read more »
  • Nice range and all very enjoyable. Lovely spot with extremely helpful staff...restaurant looked lovely. 
  • Visited the restaurant on a relatively quiet Tuesday lunch after easter, it was a beautiful day and the setting looked spectacular. The winery itself looks like a Soviet era factory on the outskirts of Bratislava, but the setting is outstanding. My missus ordered the beef fillet and I ordered the 300g sirloin special. Her dish was cooked per order. Mine was requested medium rare and when I cut in, it was well done. I cut again, no pink, cooked through. I called over the waitress who looked at the dish and returned it to the kitchen. 15 minutes later a new steak came out, this time cooked rare, but I could deal with that. As we went to pay at the counter, the maître d suggested that the original steak was in fact cooked medium rare and I was incorrect to send it back. I said that was not the case but he offered to go and get it from the kitchen to produce the 45 minute old steak as evidence - claiming that it was "medium rare in the middle". I'm not paying $40 for a steak that is only medium rare in the middle! He went onto say the cuts are so thick that they cook the sides as well. I wasn't interested in arguing with him but I've enjoyed many cuts of that size cooked properly. It never ceases to amaze me how many chefs in quality restaurants can't reliably and consistently cook a steak. The attitude of the maître d at Elephant Hill was disgraceful. The wines are nothing flash either.
  • Beautiful setting and much more of a modern feel than most of the other cellar doors in Hawke's Bay. Tastings are $5 for 6 wines, which seems pretty standard in this region. They were busy so the woman helping us with our tastings was a little short, but otherwise it was a great experience.
  • Elephant Hill is an outstanding venue, restaurant and cellar door. I had my 21st birthday in their private downstairs dining room and most recently, my Dad's wedding reception was held there. Most notably, the food is divine and the service is extremely attentive, while not being disruptive. The location is stunning too. Overlooking vineyards and Cape Kidnappers in the distance, it is truly a sight to behold!
  • Aesthetically one of the most fabulous vineyards in the Hawkes Bay. Food is high class as is the wine. Suggest you do a tasting and then sit outside with a glass of your favourite wine. I absolutely adore their 'Rania' desert wine.
  • We were traveling throughout New Zealand last year, and we had New Year's eve dinner at the Elephant Hill Wine Restaurant. The experience was terrible! The waitress was incredibly rude to us and the food itself was just OK. This was not an enjoyable or fun way to spend New Years. We got the feeling that the staff just wanted to serve us as quickly as possible and get us out of there to turn the tables over. We would definitely never go back to this place! p.s. To the manager: the waitress who served us at New Year eve HAS to go. Hire someone who can make a pleasant dinner experience. Natalya Chess
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