We look forward to welcoming you to our new home, in the heart of Central Otago. Nestled amongst the vines in our 14 hectare certified Organic pinot noir vineyard, we are delighted to showcase to guests our wines from both Central Otago and Burgundy. We are open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm and can be contacted via phone or email for appointments.
Designed by architects Noel Lane and Tom Rowe, our Cellar Door sits on a natural platform above the vines with panoramic views across the vineyard and Cromwell Basin to Lake Dunstan. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the image forms a classic Central Otago landscape.
The building architecture is inspired by local, historical buildings from the era of Surveyor Thomson. His era was one of the humble structures of gold miners and farmers who created shelter from readily available, simple materials. Like the terroir of the wine, the building profile honours this legacy by featuring corrugated iron roofs and walls, a lean-to porch and galvanised sheet chimneys.
Spaces are designed to feel cosy and private, and a series of small windows afford views to the outdoors. These rooms recall the experience of musterers’ huts and how early settlers in the area would have viewed the landscape and taken shelter from the weather. Indoor finishes include exposed douglas fir, macrocarpa and slabs of Mt Sommers limestone around the fireplace.
Layered onto the European settler architecture are old-world French references, such as the chandeliers and herringbone floor to remind us of the connection with Domaine Thomson’s sister vineyards in Burgundy, France.
The overall feeling of our Cellar Door is rustic yet refined, its classic silhouettes and utility materials designed and assembled with great care and skill. Spaces have an atmosphere of relaxed refinement that reflects the history and unique character of Domaine Thomson’s “two hemispheres” enterprise.
Private Lunches at Domaine Thomson Wines Cellar Door
The much-anticipated Domaine-Thomson Private Lunch Experience has been launched introducing guests to an innovative concept in winery lunches.
Relaxed, rustic and intimate the private homestyle platter lunch at our beautiful Cellar Door in the heart of Central Otago is a superb experience. Family groups and friends are invited to explore our outstanding space, soak up the stunning environment and graze on a long lunch attended to by seasoned professionals.
We recommend starting the day with a private tasting of our signature Central Otago and Burgundian wine selection, then enjoy bottle or glass pours served in the elegant Gallery room or Library.
Private Lunch Experience bookings essential – catering for 4 -20 pax, five-day notice with dietary requirements required. $30 per head plus a flat $100 Exclusive Use Charge – this covers the separated generous tasting, your own private dining room and dedicated personal attendant. This charge does not fluctuate with the size of your group.
“What an amazing experience! Everything was superb; the tasting rooms are stylish and comfortable, the views are incredible and the hosts very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious and brilliantly paired with the fantastic wines. This was the perfect 50th birthday surprise and every one in our party will be coming back again.” Nicola Greening
We look forward to seeing you soon.