The Cellar Door

Set against a backdrop of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps, we invite you to the Mills family farm to share in our history, community, story and wines.

The tasting is relatively informal.  5-7 wines are available daily for tasting, mainly of our current vintages.

Individuals and small groups (six or fewer people) are welcome to visit the Cellar Door and taste freely during normal open hours.

We do not ask a set tasting fee.  If, however, you choose to help with our ongoing Habitat Restoration programme, any and all contributions are most welcome.

Groups of seven or more must book in advance for a private tasting.

Open from 11am-5pm daily (final tasting commences 4:30pm)


Looking for a more intimate or detailed experience?  Perhaps a private tasting is for you.

45 minutes to an hour with your own personal host who will talk you thoroughly through the land, people and wines of Rippon. 6-8 wines will be tasted, often mini-verticals of Pinot Noir or Riesling.

The cost for private tastings is $30 per person.  Bookings are essential and conditions apply.

This is the only option for groups of 7 or more.  Maximum group size: 20 people.

Email or ring +64 3 443 8084 to enquire.  Weekend bookings are available, however, all appointments must be arranged during Monday-Friday business hours.


Whilst the Rippon Hall is occasionally a venue for pop-up restaurants in the winter months, we do not have a restaurant in regular operation, nor do we serve food through the Cellar Door.  Instead, our energy is focused on Rippon, the place, and the wines it produces.  We endeavour to keep this focus true and undiluted.

Other than licensed caterers for specific events, outside food is not allowed anywhere on the farm.