Kina Cliffs Opens Cellar Door and Tasting Room.

Kina Cliffs offers a stunning view while you taste their divine seaside wine…

Kina Cliffs Opens Cellar Door and Wine Tasting Room. News Release November 30 2012 – Would you like wine with your spectacular sea view? –

Kina Cliffs has become the latest wine vineyard in the Nelson/Tasman region to open a cellar door and tasting room.

Located next to their home at 38 Cliff Road, at Kina the stylish new tasting room offers a truly breath-taking nearly 270° view that stretches from Nelson across Tasman Bay to the Abel Tasman National Park and around across rolling hills to Mount Campbell and the Western Ranges.

Kina Cliffs has been quietly producing award winning wine for over four years from their 3.2 hectare vineyard which is hand tended by Julie and Alistair Ashcroft. In just four years they’ve won one Gold medal and four silver medals¹. They now supply over 30 local restaurants and cafes with their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines, as well as selling their wine online through their website and from selected local wine stores.

The Ashcrofts say their new tasting room adds a further avenue for people to experience their wine. “We’re really excited about opening the cellar door because the unique location so close to the sea is what determines the flavour of the wines. Visitors can see the vines that produced the wine right in front of them, feel the sea breeze that keeps the vineyard healthy, and even wander down the beach and see the clay gravel soils in the cliffs that give those big flavours to the wine.,” says Al.

Julie and Alistair Ashcroft enjoy sharing their wine and their views with visitor Jim Hunter in the new Kina Cliffs cellar door and tasting room

The tasting room will be open Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays over summer and Julie says it’s because they have young children they’ve chosen to keep Sundays for the family. Julie and Al are both from farming families and chose to move into winegrowing and away from a city lifestyle a decade ago. Kina was a special place for Julie since childhood and in 2004 they chose to follow their dream and planted their first vines with lots of help and advice from friends and family. Hundreds of the posts seen from the tasting room deck are from her parents’ old kiwifruit farm in Motueka – one of the first in the region.

“Now that the tasting room is open it’s another goal achieved for our little vineyard. The first day we opened the Nelson Food and Wine Society visited and we were overwhelmed with their enthusiasm for our wine and support for the tasting room”.

“We want our tasting room to feel welcoming and comfortable both for visitors to Nelson and local people, so we extend an invitation to wine lovers to pop in try the wine, have a chat with us or just relax and take in the awesome view,” says Julie.

For More Information please contact: Julie and Alistair Ashcroft ph 03 526 6780 or mobile 027 654 0007 Email:

Kina Cliffs Vineyard, 38 Cliff Road, Kina, RD1 Upper Moutere, Nelson 7173



Kina Cliffs is a family owned boutique vineyard of 3.2 hectares just a stone’s throw from Kina Beach on Tasman Bay and located between Nelson and Motueka. Named after the towering cliffs of Kina Peninsula on either side of the vineyard, Kina Cliffs is one of a cluster of small vineyards in the area that thrive on the ancient Moutere clay gravels, coastal climate, and high sunshine hours. Julie and Alistair Ashcroft hand tend and pick the low yield vines to produce divine seaside wine. Kina Cliffs is an accredited Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand vineyard and produces award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wine, and Pinot Gris.


¹ Kina Cliffs Awards: 2012 Bragato Wine Awards – Pure Silver for Kina Cliffs 2011 Pinot Gris; 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards – Pure Gold for Kina Cliffs 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ; 2011 New Zealand International Wine Show – Silver Medal for Kina Cliffs 2009 Pinot Noir; 2009 New Zealand International Wine Show – Silver Medal for Kina Cliffs Sauvignon Blanc 2009


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