Our Story 4

In 1993, Seifried Vineyard Restaurant and Function Centre opened at the Rabbit Island Vineyard site. Since then it has hosted many weddings, seminars and other corporate and family events in a serene, rural environment - the perfect spot for a wine and food to be celebrated together!

Today the venue, ‘Harvest Kitchen at Seifrieds’ offers brunch and lunch throughout the year from the sunny dining room and vineyard garden, as well as private events for up to 200 guests.

As demand for Seifried’s award-winning wines was steadily growing both in New Zealand and overseas, vineyard plantings were expanding and the need for a larger winery could no longer be ignored. It made sense to build the large, purpose-built building on the same site as the restaurant. With vintage looming, the final work was completed just in time for the 1996 harvest.

Opportunities offered by the large and modern winery made for an exciting time for the family; opening doors for future growth of the business as the Seifried children began showing interest in carrying on their parents’ legacy.