We look forward to welcoming you to our new home, in the heart of Central Otago. Nestled amongst the vines in our 14 hectare certified Organic pinot noir vineyard, we are delighted to showcase to guests our wines from both Central Otago and Burgundy. We are open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm and can be contacted via phone or email for appointments.
Designed by architects Noel Lane and Tom Rowe, our Cellar Door sits on a natural platform above the vines with panoramic views across the vineyard and Cromwell Basin to Lake Dunstan. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the image forms a classic Central Otago landscape.
The building architecture is inspired by local, historical buildings from the era of Surveyor Thomson. His era was one of the humble structures of gold miners and farmers who created shelter from readily available, simple materials. Like the terroir of the wine, the building profile honours this legacy by featuring corrugated iron roofs and walls, a lean-to porch and galvanised sheet chimneys.
Spaces are designed to feel cosy and private, and a series of small windows afford views to the outdoors. These rooms recall the experience of musterers’ huts and how early settlers in the area would have viewed the landscape and taken shelter from the weather. Indoor finishes include exposed douglas fir, macrocarpa and slabs of Mt Sommers limestone around the fireplace.
Layered onto the European settler architecture are old-world French references, such as the chandeliers and herringbone floor to remind us of the connection with Domaine Thomson’s sister vineyards in Burgundy, France.
The overall feeling of our Cellar Door is rustic yet refined, its classic silhouettes and utility materials designed and assembled with great care and skill. Spaces have an atmosphere of relaxed refinement that reflects the history and unique character of Domaine Thomson’s “two hemispheres” enterprise.
We look forward to seeing you soon.