Artist’s impression of Te Kano Estate’s new cellar door on Felton Road, Central Otago… forecast to open in September 2019

Construction is underway on Te Kano Estate’s new tasting room in Central Otago.

The new tasting room will be cantilevered over the Kauwerau River, giving a vast view across the mountains and vineyards on Felton Road in Bannockburn. The facility will double as offices and entertaining spaces for the wine brand.  Accommodation and a restaurant are also planned, says Te Kano Estate owner Rhonda Lloyd, who employed Mason and Wales architects from Dunedin  to design the building to flatter the landscape and complement its nearby vineyards.

Lloyd says she is committed to developing the Central Otago wine story through this new space and also via a kowhai regeneration project that will see the native tree bloom in the region.

Te Kano winemaker Dave Sutton says the new tasting room will give people a glimpse of what’s to come for the wine company.

Te Kano has 42 hectares of vines in Central Otago, including 32 hectares planted at Northburn and five hectares on Felton Road, producing primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Construction of the Felton Road site is expected to finish in mid-June and open in  September 2019.