Winemaker Long Lunches - A Divine Hawke's Bay Event for Food & Wine Enthusiasts.

  • Cape Kidnappers

Weekends are tailor-made for long lunches. Combine the timelessly relaxed lodge setting of Cape Kidnappers and the local New Zealand cuisine of Chef James Honore, with wines perfectly matched to each course by one of the country’s top wine producers, and you have the recipe for an ideal spring day.

This special season of Winemakers Lunches will be both inspirational and convivial!

Chef James Honore will design a unique small six-course shared plate menu each week, with each dish accompanied by a different wine style, introduced by the host winemaker.

House guests of the lodge who are reserved to stay overnight on the Sunday night will have this luxurious long lunch included within their tariff. Subject to availability and by prior reservation, food and wine enthusiasts who are not staying at the lodge may book and also enjoy these special wine lunches.

Lunch and paired wines $190 per person.

These casual and fun afternoons are sure to be a popular Hawke’s Bay event during the spring season!


Phone the lodge on 06 875 1900 to reserve your lunch.

EVENT DETAILS
Sunday, 12 December
*Festive Four-Course Lunch
To celebrate the conclusion of our season of Winemaker Luncheons we have two special festive Sundays planned. Chef James Honore will present his take on the traditional Christmas favourites, and each of the four courses will be paired to the Best-of-the-Best wines we have shared throughout the series. Perfectly timed for an early family Christmas Celebration, or to toast the end of the year with friends and colleagues.
Sunday, 19 December 2021
*Festive Four-Course Lunch
To celebrate the conclusion of our season of Winemaker Luncheons we have two special festive Sundays planned. Chef James Honore will present his take on the traditional Christmas favourites, and each of the four courses will be paired to the Best-of-the-Best wines we have shared throughout the series. Perfectly timed for an early family Christmas Celebration, or to toast the end of the year with friends and colleagues.
Sunday, 24 October - ARCHIVED
Dry River Winemakers Lunch
Dry River is a much loved member of the Robertson Lodge family, and each vintage produced is a celebration of nature’s generosity. Chief wine maker Wilco Lam make wines of uncompromising quality, converting the land’s bounty into experiences you can taste. All wines are bottled at an early stage of evolution and reach their potential under a natural cork closure. The wines tend to be slow to evolve in the bottle but as a result of this, are long-lived.
Sunday, 31 October - ARCHIVED
Esk Valley Winemakers Lunch
From the original historic cellars and iconic Terraces near Bay View to Esk Valley’s new purpose built winery in the midst of the Gimblett Gravels, Esk Valley produces a collection of wines regarded among New Zealand's finest. Using a hands-off approach, including concrete fermenters for the finest parcels of red grapes, Esk Valley continues to build on its reputation. Hosted by winemaker Gordon Russell, guests will enjoy his passionate approach to winemaking, and celebrate the enormous success he has achieved with his wines.
Sunday, 7 November - ARCHIVED
Te Mata Winemakers Lunch
SOLD OUT - Head Chef, James Honore teams up with Head Winemaker Phil Brodie, of Hawke’s Bay’s iconic Te Mata Estate, for an exclusive and intimate long lunch. patio. Showcasing local ingredients, including from Cape Kidnappers’ own vegetable garden, this lunch pairs fresh seasonal produce with Te Mata Estate’s world renowned wines. *$50 per person surcharge applies to this event date
Saturday, 20 November - ARCHIVED
Bilancia Winemakers Lunch
In production since 1998, Bilancia is a small Hawke's Bay producer of exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier/Marsanne/Roussanne and Syrah. The word Bilancia (be-larn-cha) means, in Italian, balance, equilibrium and harmony, and Chef James Honore will design the menu with these characteristics front-of-mind. Hosted by winemakers Lorraine Leheny and Warren Gibson, the six courses will be expertly paired to Bilancia wines, including the newly released La Collina, 2019.
Sunday, 28 November - ARCHIVED
Elephant Hill Winemakers Lunch
With their winery located on the coastal flats of Te Awanga, nearby the entry gate to Cape Kidnappers, and additional vines growing inland at Gimblett, Elephant Hill believe that great wines are hand-made, and where meticulous attention to detail starts in the vineyard. Hand-picking allows selection of the best fruit ensuring wines that are balanced and elegant, and a true expression of the vineyards that they come from. Andreas Weiss together with Elephant Hill’s new winemaker Hugh Crichton will host this special lunch. Combining their wines with the cuisine of James Honore promises a hyper-local culinary experience.
Sunday, 5 December - ARCHIVED
Dry River Winemakers Lunch
Dry River is a much loved member of the Robertson Lodge family, and each vintage produced is a celebration of nature’s generosity. Chief wine maker Wilco Lam make wines of uncompromising quality, converting the land’s bounty into experiences you can taste. All wines are bottled at an early stage of evolution and reach their potential under a natural cork closure. The wines tend to be slow to evolve in the bottle but as a result of this, are long-lived.

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