Sileni is an absolute must visit if you are in the Hawke’s Bay area. You will know you have arrived by the grand entrance to the vineyard, it’s a very impressive long driveway! The actual estate Sileni, is named after the Sileni who featured in Roman mythology alongside Bacchus, the god of wine.
Of course the wine tasting at Sileni was excellent but what really caught my eye was the temperature controlled cheese room stocked with an impressive selection of cheeses. There is a vast array of gourmet foods to purchase from their shop, this is definitely a stop for all food lovers. The store offers lovely hampers, food items and gifts for those looking to stock up on some presents for those back home.
Those interested in touring the vineyard can book a vineyard and wine tasting tour, there is also a cheese and wine tasting option available and even an option to tour the Village Press where you can taste the award winning olive oils paired with the gorgeous Sileni wines.
This vineyard has something for everyone, which is probably why it was voted ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ in 2012. We left with a beautiful bottle of Syrah for ourselves and some chocolates for those back home. A superb experience with a wonderful selection of wines.
PO Box 2234
Fax: +64 6 879 7187
- Open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm during Summer (Oct – Apr)
- Open 5 days a week from 10am to 4pm during Winter (May – Sept)
- Open over Easter Weekend 10am – 5pm
- Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day