The enticing food at this award-winning winery is luring us out of the city for lunch

Utter the words ‘Villa Maria’ and the mouth waters at the thought of bottles of hearty red, glasses of fruity rosé, and the refreshing flavours of a crisp white. Look beyond the extensive wine menu, however, and it would seem there’s more to this rustic hotspot than just the grapes. Amongst the rolling landscapes and the fruit-filled trees lies an utterly delectable array of warming, winter meals that are making this Vineyard Café our new lunchtime retreat.

While a winery’s ability to platter is wholeheartedly expected — a delicious medley of cured meats and flavoursome cheeses goes hand in hand with a glass of vino —  the likelihood of scoring a wholesome lunchtime meal isn’t always a definite. Yet Villa Maria presents a winter lunch game so enticing that even teetotalers will find themselves flocking over for a bite of the action. From the hearty pumpkin ravioli — served with root vegetable crisps and a hint of truffle — to the Confit leg and seared breast duo of duck, you can rest assured that this delectable selection of dishes will warm you to the bone.

Combine this all-encompassing menu with an award-winning wine list and a satiating array of delicious sweet treats, think creamy Tiramisu and oozing chocolate fondant, and you’ve got yourself a Jack of all trades lunchtime getaway that will lure you away from the city without a second thought.

Villa Maria‘s Vineyard Café is open seven days a week, from 11:30am until 3pm. To book, click here.

Villa Maria Vineyard Café

118 Montgomerie Road
Mangere
Auckland

09 255 0660

www.villamaria.co.nz

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