The Hunting Lodge’s dedication to sustainable practices and exquisite food and wine has made it a must-visit for Kiwis and tourists alike. This week, the 80 acre estate played host to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla as part of their royal tour of New Zealand.
Camilla began the whirlwind visit with a light lunch prepared by executive chef Des Harris, and no doubt enjoyed the best local produce. The winery’s restaurant is renowned for its “genuine pasture-to-plate approach” that’s forever evolving throughout the seasons.
Following lunch, the Duchess joined Prince Charles to blend their own white wine, with the latter proving to be quick and decisive and rather taken by the Riesling. "Their Royal Highnesses were lovely people. Very engaging. Prince Charles showed a genuine interest in the NZ wine industry and sustainability,” says chief winemaker, Peter Turner.
Prince Charles is a known advocate of sustainable farming, making The Hunting Lodge the perfect spot to sample the best of Aotearoa.
"He [Prince Charles] opted for a zesty, citrus-driven blend that was 75 per cent Riesling and 25 per cent Pinot Gris. The Duchess, on the other hand, went for the interest factor of an Albarino predominant blend with some wild barrel fermentation. Both are welcome on our Winemaking Blending Team anytime,” Peter shares.