Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery

Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery

Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery
4.5
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
TANTALUS ESTATE is a family owned, premium vineyard destination located in the heart of Onetangi Valley, Waiheke Island. Established in 2016, the award-winning Estate is an iconic location for world-class cuisine, wine tasting, craft beer, weddings, events and special occasions. “Our cuisine draws inspiration from the seasons, our Estate, Waiheke surroundings and selected artisanal farmers and small producers from around our beautiful Aotearoa. The top priorities for me are that produce is organically grown, and ethically and sustainably sourced” Gideon Landman, Executive Chef. Metro ‘Best Restaurant Destination’ 2022 & Top 100 Wineries of New Zealand 2022 The RealReview
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  • MD72017
    Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Enjoyable Wine Tasting
    A friend of ours who lives in Auckland recommended a visit to the Waiheke Island and time permitting a wine tasting at this or another nearby Estate. We were delighted with the views, wine and food experience enhanced by our host Wendy who has a wealth of knowledge of the vineyard and the wInes produced. To complete the tasting I also sampled a craft stout beer which was particularly good. We spent 90 minutes here and it was a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • JacDinnan
    Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheapest way to get here.
    You can get here by bus and ferry. Simply get yourself a Auckland Transport Hop card from the ferry terminal, and load on enough for the ferry return $55 and $6-$10 for the bus dependent on if you’re making extra stops. You don’t have to pay the expensive bus tours or taxis. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL at this winery as it’s very popular and beautiful. Allow lots of time for the ferry in the summer months!
    Thank you for sharing these valuable travel tips and insights for visiting Waiheke Island and Tantalus Estate. The bus is an excellent option with a stop right that can drop guests at the gates of the Estate. Also, your advice on booking in advance is much appreciated. We do recommend reservations, particularly in our busy spring and summer seasons, to avoid disappointment. We want to ensure all our guests have the opportunity to experience the beauty of our Estate and have a pleasurable experience. We also acknowledge your suggestion to plan for potential delays during the summer months particularly when it comes to ferry travel. Your contribution will undoubtedly assist future guests in planning their visit. We hope to welcome you back soon!
    Written 8 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • HolidayGal
    Victoria, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to taste aged red wines.
    We split the $30.00 wine tasting, featuring their aged red wines. The server also gave us an extra Chardonnay tasting which was a nice surprise. Excellent wines, but way overpriced. We didn't eat at the restaurant but it is stunning - first class.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our wine tasting and that the additional Chardonnay tasting was a pleasant surprise for you. We strive to provide a memorable and premium experience for our guests, both in our wines and our culinary offerings. We do hope to welcome you back and hopefully, next visit you can join us in the restaurant. We would love to host you again.
    Written 8 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
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Jane Thomson
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Absolutely loved the wines and the service during our tasting was phenomenal. We paid for the tasting and decided to sit in the fabulous garden with a glass each (there were 4 of us) while working out which bottle we’d buy - this was $89 alone. After 3 x snacks we were looking at an additional $50 - the food was lovely. After a lovely drink in the garden we’d decided to purchase the Syrah to take away which was $90 and I was under the impression the tasting fee was taken off if we purchased only to be told by a not so polite staff member that it was ‘not how we do it here.’ Lovely place but to be honest, I wouldn’t go back for that reason alone. Paying for tasting is one thing but when you purchase off the tasting and they still charge, that’s crazy!
Written 23 January 2020
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FinPet
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Three of us visited here on a Thursday for a late lunch and wine tasting. Our lunch in the Alibi Brewery Restaurant was very good. We shared the broccolini and fava bean dish and a 3 Cheese plate. The portion sizes of both dishes were ample for 3 people sharing. The flavor of the broccolini and green beans with dressing was excellent. The three cheeses were well sized and the taste and texture went well together. The delightful meal was made even better by a glass of estate Rose or Pinot Gris. The total cost of NZ$108 was well worth it. We followed up the lunch with a three wine selection wine tasting. The tasting was held with the three of us at one table. The cost of $15 for the three good wines and the explanation was good value
Written 22 February 2020
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mgohokies
Austin, TX48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was our third stop on the winery tour after Wild on Waiheke and Stonyridge. All three were very different. With a family or friends looking to play some games, Wild is nice – though reserve ahead and prepare for not the friendliest service on the island. At Stonyridge, the vide is more hip – nice deck overlooking the vineyard and some great reds to taste. We were tempted but glad we waited to eat until we got to Tantalus – recommend the cozy and casual bar downstairs unless you are looking for a longer and more glamorous lunch upstairs. The food and service were great whether inside the cave or out on the small covered patio.
Written 22 January 2020
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SandraL
Rotorua, New Zealand1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
Recently my BF and I stopped here for lunch and wine tasting as part of a wine tour. The restaurant decor was stunning as was the vineyard views. The food was also very nice but what I found disappointing was that the lunch choice was restricted to a 2 course or more with a starting cost of $70. In addition the desert course took so long to arrive we had to ask for a takeaway dish to take it. Perhaps some one course options should be considered?
Written 29 September 2020
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Bec0312
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
I dream of the wine and spectacular food that is not only delicious but visually stunning. My partner and I spent a week on Waiheke and found ourselves back at Tantalus Estate multiple times. The staff were wonderful, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable too. We loved exploring the wetlands boardwalk, relaxing outdoors and even grabbing a pint at the brewery downstairs - it all just adds to the whole experience. This is a must winery stop when you are on the island - highly recommend making a reservation tho!
Written 28 May 2021
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Very cool place providing a home to a micro brewery underneath the restaurant and wine tasting area, I loved the ambience - fabulous light fittings, good wine and warm and welcoming surroundings. I really loved this place. I think one should spend the day here! Lovely gardens, views of the vines and a great atmosphere.
Written 4 April 2021
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spraggbj
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
We visited three wineries on our Waiheke visit and this was the pick of them. We had a tasting and the woman guiding us through the five wines was knowledgeable and very friendly. These wines are very expensive comparatively but the added bonus of a beautiful walk through native bush lessened the blow on the credit card. We purchased a Chardonnay but could’ve happily bought all five had the budget allowed it!
Written 18 December 2021
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Car0le88
Manchester, UK301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was our second stop on Waiheke Island and it was recommended because the Alibi brewery on the Tantalus Estate do a paddle of beers for tasting. The waitress was very helpful with our choice of beers, and we sat and looked at the beautiful views over the winery.
We then decided to have a pint of beer and I had the old-fashioned lemonade, which was very refreshing. So then we decided we ought to have some food to go with this- a plate of buffalo wings, and some smoked fish croquettes - just right. We didn't order the fries as we could see the bowls of fries were huge! It was a very relaxing lunch, and we didn't feel rushed even though more people were coming in, they just found them all places to sit. The bathroom was very interesting too! The room was made completely of wood, and the sink of metal.
I would definitely make another visit here if I was to go back over to Waiheke Island in the future.
Written 13 February 2020
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fatmuscle
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Tuscany vibes await at Tantalus Estate with a world class setting to rival any wine region in the world. The buildings are stunning, mixing stone, glass and wood to sit amongst the vines and rollings hills. The food is spectacular and the wine is top drawer. We visited when the sun was shining and the whole time was simply perfect.
Written 21 April 2022
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hayzeylife
Cambridge, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We arrived on a miserable rainy day but had a wonderful experience. Staff were super friendly and attentive. We had the trust the chef menu and would HIGHLY recommend. One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Served by Lauren who is clearly experienced in hospitality - very attentive without being being overbearing in any way. Great wine, great food, great experience overall and would recommend. Probably even better on a nice day!
Written 6 April 2023
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Thank you for choosing to dine at Tantalus Estate and for your recommendation. We're delighted to hear that despite the rainy weather, you had a wonderful time with us. It brings us great joy to hear that our team created a warm and welcoming environment for you to enjoy, and we're pleased to know that our team demonstrated the hospitality we are so proud of. We appreciate you acknowledging Lauren's expertise in hospitality - we'll be sure to pass on your kind words. We're elated that you enjoyed our flagship Trust The Chef menu and humbled to hear that it is one of the best meals you've ever had. Thank you again for recommending us, and we hope to welcome you back on a nicer day to enjoy the Estate in all it's glory.
Written 8 May 2023
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