John Hill Estate Vineyard & Restaurant


Roses and grapes

Why Vineyards have Roses

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Ever wonder why some vineyards have roses planted throughout?

Roses and grapevines typically have the same type of soil and sun requirements so traditionally, rose hedges were planted as an early warning system to protect the health of the grapevines.

Grapevines and roses are prone to infestation of a fungus known as powdery mildew (Oidium) that flourishes in warm unpredictable climates, with roses being more susceptible they served as an early warning sign to the vineyard manager to take the necessary precautions to protect vines from damage.

Powdery Mildew on a Grape vinePowdery Mildew on a Grapevine

If powdery mildew appears on the roses, it’s a warning to immediately spray the vineyard with sulphur, which does not cure powdery mildew, but will prevent it. Downy mildew is another deadly mildew that attacks all the green parts of the grape vine. Once Downy mildew is detected on the rose bushes, the grape vines are immediately sprayed with a solution of copper sulphate and lime.

Nowadays, most wineries are monitoring the soil and health of the plants, and don’t need roses as a warning system. However roses also add beauty to the vineyard landscape, provide food for bees and offer habitat for beneficial insects preying on undesirable insects that can damage the grape crop. Also, some believe that to insects, roses are tastier than grape vines, so they draw bugs and the like to the roses and away from the grapes.

Vineyard with roses

New Family Day Date Confirmed

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We have rescheduled our Family Fun Day; it’s now on Sunday 7th Febuary. (Waitangi weekend.)

Join us from 11:30am till 6pm, there’s live music, woodfired pizza’s, face painting, bouncy castle, ice cream van, games and much more!

Free shuttle running throughout for pick up and drop off. (10km radius, a minimal fee will be charged per km for distances traveled outside the 10km) – Give us a call to find out more.

It’ll be a great day so come on down.

Family Fun Day at The Hill


Free Taxi Shuttle on Friday Nights

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UPDATE: Due to lack of use we have been forced to cancel this service. We will continue to look at alternative options however in the meantime an Omana Shuttle can be booked directly by calling 09 536 5935.

Thank you.

We have a Free Taxi Shuttle to take people home when within a 10km radius. A minimal fee will be charged per km for distances traveled outside the 10km.

The 11 seat shuttle is available from 9.30pm until 11.30pm Friday nights and can be organised for group bookings of 11 or under on other days.

For further information please call or come in and talk to us.

In association with Omana Shuttles.



Groovexpress’ 2015/16 Summer Concert Series

Jazz-Blues Concert & Buffet at the Hill!

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A warm sunny lazy afternoon, smooth as honey live music, all served up with some of the best wine & local cuisine that the Franklin district has to offer…

– E Type Records are proud to present Groovexpress’ 2015/16 Summer Concert Series!

Join us on Sunday 15 November here at John Hill Estate Vineyard & Restaurant, Hunua.


Book now:


Groovexpress will perform an afternoon concert, featuring a selection of soulful, groove-driven tunes. Masterfully fusing elements of the ‘jazz standard’ format with contemporary blues, funk and R&B flavours, Groovexpress delivers “upbeat, fun, sensual jazz” that is “ageless and timeless […] Groovexpress is the new face of Smooth Jazz!” (Sandy Shore, Global Radio)

A three-course gourmet buffet will be served following the concert for all guests in the winery restaurant, overlooking the picturesque vineyard and landscaped gardens of the Estate.

Enjoy a full bar service, vineyard platters and mobile eftpos throughout the concert, including selected offerings from the Estate’s own vintages.

Get some friends together and enjoy a summery afternoon amongst the vines with food and music to remember!

Mykeljon | guitars
‘Haggis’ Maguiness | harmonica
Ernest Semu | keys, organ
Nic Haslip | bass
Jayden Lee | drums
Nick Nahi | percussion

Ticket Price $80.00 all inclusive. Fully licensed.

Tickets are exclusively limited. Tickets are available to purchase online or pre-purchased from John Hill Estate. Your ticket price includes a 2+ hour open air jazz-blues concert and a sumptuous three course gourmet seated buffet afterwards. Bring a blanket for the concert and relax the afternoon away…


Book now:


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Spring has arrived!

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To celebrate we have a fabulous vineyard lunch special for you…


WHEN: 12pm – 3.30pm, Thursday to Sunday.
Throughout the whole month of September 2015!


PRICE: $28.50pp – includes a glass of John Hill Estate wine


To see the amazing value set menu we have on offer, click here…

Limited availability, so bookings are essential. As they say, first in first served!

If booking online or by telephone please mention “Spring Special” in your request.

We hope to see you soon!

Midwinter Christmas Special!

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Please click on the link below to view our midwinter Christmas special.

Come join us for a gourmet get together and a warming Estate Mulled Wine.

Midwinter Christmas Special.pdf

Available from 1 July – 30 August 2015.

New Winter Menus Coming Soon

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Our new winter menus are being released soon!


If you would like to be sent our new winter menu ‘hot off the press’, please click on the link below to contact us, we will add you to our mailing list:

Send me the new winter menu!


Auckland Corvette Club Lunch

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Thanks to the Auckland Corvette Club for joining us for lunch yesterday!

Here are a few shots of some of the amazing cars (that could be heard around the whole valley when they arrived & left..!)

Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 1 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 2 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 3 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 4 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 5 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 6 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 7 Auckland Corvette Club Lunch 8