Pinot steered couple on to Opihi

18:44, Dec 02 2012
allan hunter
CHANGES: New Australian owner of the Opihi Vineyard Cafe Allan Hunter holds a bottle of the award-winning Clifton Cottage Rivaner.

The pinot made them do it.

A taste of Opihi Vineyard's 2009 Pinot Noir was enough to convince Perth couple Jane and Allan Hunter to shift countries, to call Pleasant Point home, and to buy the lease on the Opihi Vineyard Cafe.

Their decision to change their lifestyle followed an extended visit to New Zealand. When the couple returned to Perth they discovered the Opihi Vineyard cafe lease was for sale. And after tasting Opihi's 2009 Pinot Noir, the decision was made to buy the cafe lease and move to Pleasant Point.

Allan was born in Perth and Jane has spent most of her life there although she is originally from Christchurch.

They have bought a cottage in Pleasant Point which is now home to the couple, their two sons, three cats and two dogs.

"We have found the location to be just perfect for the type of life we had wanted and have put into action our plans to build the Opihi Vineyard Cafe business into a lifestyle opportunity," Mr Hunter said.

"Of course it helps when you have a property and wines that shine and contribute beautifully to the atmosphere and family-friendly place we hope to portray."

Opihi wines took bronze medals at the 2011 NZ International Wine Show for their 2009 Pinot Noir and their 2010 Riesling 2010. Their Clifton Cottage Rivaner received a bronze at this year's competition.


The Timaru Herald