Elephant Hill Estate Winery, Te Awanga
(3.9/5 based on 140+ 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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  • We were in the Napier area, looking for additional tasting experiences, and came upon the entrance to this fine estate! We happened to be there just after 11:00am, and were warmly welcomed to a 5 NZ$ ...  more »
  • I ordered the Tortellini, although yummy, to my disappointment only 2 were on my plate. Great Wine though. 
  • Having been to a few wineries this is one of the best winery lunches! The food, service and wine were all incredible. A lot of thought has gone to the service. A lot of wineries put wine as priority w...  more »
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  • Visitors are treated to an inventive menu, paired with a glorious view. Being a winery, there's no lack of fine wines either. Excellent value, considering the quality of the food and impeccable service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!