Wine and cheese are a match made in heaven and while you can create the perfect cheese board at home and match it with a lovely drop, having someone else do it for you is even better.
Whether you prefer a Parmesan, Gouda or cheddar with a good-old shiraz; a cut of brie, Gruyere or goat's cheese with your Chardonnay; or a slice of Gorgonzola with a splash of port—we have round-up seven of Auckland's finest cheese and wine bars. Settle in for the night, and slip into sensory overload.
You know you’re guaranteed to drink good wine when you visit a winery, and Artisan Winery in Oratia is one at the top of our lists. Enjoy some fine wine with a wine tasting, then fill your stomach on the appetizing cheese platter.
The Garden Shed
This neighbourhood bistro is a hot spot for locals. Located in Mt Eden, The Garden Shed is all about local produce and free range ingredients. Enjoy the scenic greenery surrounds while sipping on some Central Otago wine, and delving into the Garden Board, serving goats cheese pate, French Brie, house terracotta bread and more, need we go on…
One of Takapuna’s hottest spots around is The Commons. Offering an inviting outdoor seating area, with music pumping and good wines flowing. The local cheese board is a must-have off the menu, along with a glass of Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg to soothe the throat.
This inner city spot is nestled away behind Fort Lane, and once you reach the hidden destination you will be blown away. With beautiful interior décor, and outdoor plants to gaze at, we know we’re not just going there for the food. Although the food cannot go unmentioned, with a mouth-wateringly good cheese selection on the Ploughman’s Board. Choose from a range of Central Otago and Hawke’s Bay wines to pair with your cheese board.
Stafford Road Wine Bar
If you’re short of ideas for an upcoming date night, Stafford Road Wine Bar is the place. Located in the North Shore ‘burbs of Northcote resides this cosy wee bar, and is conveniently situated across the road from Bridgeway Cinemas. Head there for a wine and a cheese platter post-movie session with your loved one.
If there were a place any more perfect with its wine and cheese offerings, it’s Apero. Created as a space to enjoy good food, good wine and good company, it hits the nail on the head. With 30 wines available by the glass, there’s sure to be one that you’re into. Pair it with Apero’s favourite cheeses served with bread, nuts and fruits and you’ll be well on your way to a good evening.
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