A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

The Old Schoolhouse Cottage, photo: Kina Beach Vineyard

From schoolhouse to luxurious cottage - a tale of transformation at Kina Beach Vineyard.

Kina Peninsula lies close to Motueka, halfway between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. The Old Schoolhouse Cottage sits on the peninsula amongst the vines of Kina Beach Vineyard,  with commanding views over Tasman Bay on one side, and the calm waters of the Moutere Inlet on the other. Now a luxurious cottage, sought out for its tranquility and gorgeous setting, it’s hard to imagine the scratch of chalk, the clatter of chairs and the hubbub of the classroom, long ago. This lovely old building first opened as a schoolhouse in Redwood Valley, at the bottom of the Moutere Hills, in 1931. It served as the local school for many years, until falling rolls led to its closure in the 1960s. Eventually it was put up for tender and removal. The previous owners of Kina Beach Vineyard read the ad for the old schoolhouse building and saw its...

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Giesen Wines Ltd / Credit: Wine Marlborough

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Where better to experience a great wine than in the place it was made? Gaze out at the landscape while sipping wine that is an expression of the terroir - the geography, geology and climate of a place that make it unique. In New Zealand we’re blessed with lots of sunshine, sweeping plains around braided rivers, and beneath towering mountains in the south, a spectacularly long and beautiful coastline, and rolling hills in the north. Our geology, sunshine and maritime climate is part of what makes New Zealand wines world-renowned. It also makes a trip through our wine-growing regions a particular and scenic pleasure. While Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir may be some of our most famous wines, there are so many more to discover! Many wineries have excellent cellar doors, where notable wine is matched with great food, architecture and scenery, along with the chance...

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