• 27 Ramshaw Lane
  • Arrowtown
  • (03) 428 2572
    • 7-9 Ballarat Street
    • Queenstown
    • (03) 409 2226


When we opened The Winery in central Queenstown in May 2005 we were one of the world's first and largest wine tasting experiences. With a focus on bringing the best of New Zealand wine to one location, The Winery's reputation grew and in 2019 we were recognised by TripAdvisor in the World's Top 10 wine experiences People's Choice Awards.

In February 2020 The Winery opened a second store in Arrowtown, taking the experience to the next level with more whisky and gin tastings, our famous cheeseboards with a new tapas menu and a decor designed for the relaxation and comfort of our customers. Do come and visit us and check out our website at The Winery

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Zenkuro Sake is handcrafted with passion in Queenstown and is New Zealand’s first and only sake brewery. With its cool, clean, crisp climate and abundance of soft glacial fed water, Queenstown is the perfect setting for premium grade sake production.

‘Zen’ means all, whilst ‘kuro’ means black, a simple but powerful combination born in New Zealand.

Head brewer David Joll is a certified ‘Advanced Sake Professional’ who adheres to time-honoured traditional Japanese brewing practices. His junmai style sake is as pure as sake can be. Gluten free and low in acidity, it is made without preservatives, clarifiers or unwanted additives of any kind.

Sake, by nature, is considerably less expressive than wine when it comes to tasting. Rather than expecting the same intensity as you would with wine, think of it as you meeting sake half way - i.e. “herbaceous” or “high acidity” in sake will not be as pronounced as Sauvignon Blanc.

Because of this quality, sometimes it takes a while for the sake to open up. Allowing it a few minutes once poured into glass will often make for a much more enjoyable tasting experience.

While Zenkuro products are best enjoyed chilled, there are many sake out there, usually on the fuller body side, that benefit from experimenting with heating. Aromatic sake, on the other hand, tends to lose its extravagance when heated. There’s no right or wrong temperature; sake is a versatile drink that can be flexibly modified to the season or the food with which it is being served.