Cloudy Bay is celebrating its third summer in Central Otago and its cellar door The Shed is continually being discovered as a significant regional wine and food destination in the region.
Customer experience manager Meg Soper says while Cloudy Bay is a Marlborough brand it is excited to be including an incredible quality Central Otago Pinot Noir in its wine selection.
“We are proud to be in Central Otago producing our signature Te Wahi Pinot Noir. It has been an amazing journey for the international brand which is also known for its high-profile Sauvignon Blanc grown from Marlborough grapes. Central Otago is such a renowned wine growing region and we are embracing that and love showcasing our Pinot Noir to both locals and visitors.”
Meg says Cloudy Bay is committed to the local community and The Shed is a welcoming and approachable venue.
“We are only a five-minute drive from Cromwell and close to Queenstown and Wanaka. We want people to see Cloudy Bay as a place where they can enjoy the luxury of time and space. Here they can sit back and relax in our special environment with its incredible views and backdrop. For us it is about welcoming everyone whether they are buying a case of wine or simply a glass. We just want people to experience what we are offering and share our passion.”
The Shed serves a choice of small plates or larger platters which include smoked salmon, cheeses and a range of chutneys, dips and salad and vegetable portions.
During the summer pop-up restaurants are planned.
“We are collaborating with chefs all over the country to host special lunches or dinners. Menus will be created according to the season and the clientele and we are looking at a variety of options. Again it is all about attracting our local community out to The Shed to take advantage of the location and wonderful wine and food matching.”
Cloudy Bay runs private experiences ranging from full day tours, tours of the vineyard to epicurean experiences.
“People can, if they wish, fly in by helicopter and spend the day at Cloudy Bay taking part in the tours and enjoying the wine and food – there’s all sorts of things we can tailor for different needs,” says Meg.
To the future and Cloudy Bay is currently underway with its conversion to organic vineyards – but for now the passionate team is dedicated to creating a special environment and place of discovery at The Shed cellar door.