From the very beginning, owners Carrie and Campbell approached their new enterprise by employing experts in their chosen fields. The driving philosophy for the Estate is to strive for biodiversity with a positive effect on the ecosystem as a whole. This includes careful balancing of resources, including water recycling, minimisation and the encouragement of beneficial species. The vineyards and the land were assessed and underperforming vines were replaced with a focus on Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhône clones. A dry farming approach encourages the vine’s roots to dig deep, resulting in strong plants that are tolerant of a range of conditions and display a genuine representation of the terroir. As a result of this careful management, along with a dedicated approach to producing wine of the finest quality, Tantalus Estate’s limited release wines consistently achieve notable commendations from wine critics and guests alike.
Award winning Cheshire Architects designed the Tantalus Restaurant and Alibi Brewer’s Lounge, and surrounding landscaped gardens. Since opening its impressive gates in 2016, Tantalus Estate, with its range of boutique fine wines, and craft beers brewed on site by the Alibi Brewing Co., has consistently been recognised as exceptional through multiple awards, accolades and tourism achievements. Discover the secrets of Tantalus Estate on tropical Waiheke Island, and create memories that will stay with you forever.
Tantalus Estate is a destination for travellers and locals alike. Diners in the main restaurant enjoy an expansive, light-filled venue fabricated from natural materials. Visitors to the private dining room step into the olde world, surrounded by hand-painted tile walls and intricate chandeliers crafted from old vines, creating an olde world feel that’s perfect for intimate groups.
From the mezzanine balcony you can peek into the craft brewery on the floor below. Everything is designed to leave an indelible impression: delicious fresh food to match our hand-crafted wines and beers.
Set amongst the vines, our beautiful restaurant offers guests a variety of areas to dine. Relax and enjoy spacious botanical courtyards, comfortable lounge areas, a bright, expansive tasting room and an elegant restaurant and function room. Hidden from the central dining area lies an intimate private dining room and wine library.
Our menu emphasises seasonality with a commitment to highlighting the provenance of our ingredients. Each dish will surprise you with textural delights. We offer refined, tantalising dishes with bold flavours – the combination of food and wine, alongside sweeping views of the vineyard and valley create an enchanting and unforgettable setting for your event.
Our sophisticated and striking private dining room has an exclusive patio overlooking Onetangi’s green hills. It caters for up to 20 guests seated and 30 for a cocktail function. Our downstairs brewer’s lounge seats 40 guests, or up to 60 for a cocktail function.
We offer private tours and wine tastings. If you would like to arrange a time for a tour and discuss your function requirements, please contact our Events Manager, Trish Ingram.
Tantalus Estate was founded in 2013 on 8.3 hectares of established vineyard land on Waiheke Island. The estate is in the Onetangi Valley at an elevation of 12 to 61 metres above sea level. The valley is the heart of winemaking on the island.
Waiheke lies 18km east of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, protected from the cold and often wet west and southwesterly winds. Ridgelines to our west and southwest provide further protection. Our climate is drier and hotter than the mainland and is ideally suited to premium grape growing.
Tantalus vineyard has been extensively replanted and re-grafted with meticulous attention to site-specific clonal selection. Our vines grow in sandy soil over weathered clay and clay-based rock, with deposits of iron and manganese oxide. We have significantly upgraded the wetland and forested areas, planting thousands of natives and pulling out exotic species and weeds. We’ll continue to improve the habitat for a welcome variety of birds and insects.
Tantalus Estate is in the heart of Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Valley. The estate is one of a number of top wineries within walking distance of each other, ensuring the valley is a great destination to spend the day. Waiheke Island is internationally recognised as a premium wine growing region, and Onetangi Valley is arguably the island’s top location.
Tantalus Estate is a premium winegrower situated in the heart of the Onetangi Valley on Waiheke Island. The estate is situated amongst other reputable wineries within walking distance making the valley a great destination to spend the day. A part of Auckland’s Gulf Islands, Waiheke Island is internationally recognised as an iconic wine growing region in New Zealand and is accredited with numerous wine awards and accolades.