Dishes in the Sink, Wine Tastings at Home

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Preferring to hasten slowly with the development of the Bald Hills brand we decided in “the early days” to conduct tastings at home!  We opened our front door and ushered them into the kitchen back in 2002 and my how they loved it! Newspapers hastily folded, dishes in the sink, Grandma’s vege and lamb bone soup bubbling on the stove, cushions, sofas and sun pouring in, plus views to die for. They bought our wine gratefully and we greeted them as the honoured guests they were!

Group Wine Tasting on lawns at Bald Hills

A large group enjoying the Central Otago sun and wines at Bald Hills

Today we do things differently. Still in the home but now from a bedroom painted raspberry pink and furnished with junk-shop finds and opening directly to the garden.  Repeat visitors speak wistfully of the kitchen days! First-time visitors enjoy the “ambiance” even though crushed in cheek by jowl, not knowing how it used to be. Who knows, we might even re-introduce the kitchen and find a renter for the bedroom – probably it’s wise to think laterally in these hard times!

Wine Tasting

Decanter World Wine and International Wine Challenge trophies displayed in the Tasting Room

With interest continuing to build at Bald Hills however we often consider building a State of the Art Cellar Door with Winery Attached, but for now the “converted bedroom” works for us!