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“Lovely setting, good wine”

Volcanic Hills Winery
Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: Rotorua now has a unique wine experience in its tourism repertoire with our new Volcanic Hills winery. The winery is established at the base of the Skyline Rotorua site, visitors are able to see how the wine is made before taking a gondola ride up to Volcanic Hills HQ to our tasting and wine sales room. Situated high up within the popular skyline tourism attraction's mountain-top complex. (Tasting Room open, Winery will open end of March 2013)
Seattle, Washington
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“Lovely setting, good wine”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were happy to discover this tasting room at the top of the gondola. It was nearly empty when we visited, so we had a wonderful relaxed time with the hostess, who made us feel most welcome. We sat at a table with a window view, and she brought each wine to us - three whites (Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay), and then two vintages of their Pinot noir. We wondered how they could make wine here, and if it would just be a mediocre tourist attraction, but they source their grapes from the major growing areas for each varietal, and it's actually quite good.

Visited March 2014
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jo b, Public Relations Manager at Volcanic Hills Winery, responded to this review, September 21, 2014
Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your tasting.. Regards Jo
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“lovely views...yummy wine”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

This is cellar door with a difference!
Fab views over Rotorua and awesome wine and nibbles - who could ask for more?
Knowledgeable staff and good prices

Visited April 2014
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jo b, Public Relations Manager at Volcanic Hills Winery, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
They are pretty exceptional views !! thanks for visiting us and taking the time to review our Tasting Room. Kind Regards Jo Beer
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“Excellent Service, complimented by excellent wine.”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

In March my partner and I visited the skyline luge and came along to Volcanic Hills Winery. Annie, who served us and talked us through their five wines on offer was outstanding, colloquial and a very good conversationalist.

We very much enjoyed our experience at Volcanic Hills and would absolutely visit again, both for the wine and the service! The atmosphere was lovely, and the view over Rotorua is exceptional.

Visited March 2014
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jo b, Public Relations Manager at Volcanic Hills Winery, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is so important and we really appreciated the email you sent us also. Kind Regards Jo Beer
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“Thank you Volcanic Hills”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Absolutely loved our visit to Volcanic Hills. Amazing views, amazing wine and the friendly staff made us feel comfortable, wine educated and welcome even with our 2 small (and noisy) children. I especially loved having half an hour to myself while daddy took the kids to explore while I had a glass of wine relaxing in the sun!

Visited March 2014
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jo b, Public Relations Manager at Volcanic Hills Winery, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Thanks for your review. Yes kids are always welcome in the tasting room , but pleased also that you got some quite time to enjoy a glass of wine... Kind Regards Jo Beer
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“Best part of the Skyline experience!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Annie the Hostess, makes this an absolute delight, for what is already a great location with fantastic views and very good wines to boot! Will definitely be back with my wife next time and hopefully better weather too! Best part of the Skyline experience!

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jo b, Public Relations Manager at Volcanic Hills Winery, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Awesome, love to hear people are coming back. Look forward to seeing you and your wife at the VH tasting room again. Thanks for taking the time to review us. Kind Regards Jo
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