We decided to make te trip to the region of Martinborough from Wellington. We stopped at the i-site in Martinborough and checked the menus on display. The menu from Gladstone Vineyard Cafe in Carterton called our attention for the kind of dishes on offer and for the reasonably priced menu. So we decided to drive 20 more minutes more to get to this place in front of the vineyards. We had first a free and generous wine tasting of the bottles from the vineyard. They were interesting and good and the manager on duty gave us very interesting comment with each tasting. Then we went to the café. The café is decorated in a cabin log style with a small wood fire. We chose the Pruner's platter for two, made of cured meats, dips, pickles, spreads with excellent homemade bread. It was delicious and especially the chutney which was great with the somewhat tasteless cheese. As a main we had the Surf and Turf sirloin steaks. The steaks were cooked exactly as ordered and although not so tender, they tasted great. The meat was topped with kind of blackened prawns, small scallops and NZ mussels with a light creamy sauce. There was also tasty potatoes. The presentation of the dish was superb and appealing with thinly sliced beetroot. We had too much to order dessert but what we saw on the other tables looked very good. With our meal we had a glass of Pinot Noir 2011 which was great with all we had. The only regret is that the wines on the menu still remain expensive even when ordered in the vineyard café. There is also a large terrace for the sunny days and a little playground for the children. This is a place I would highly recommend.
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