Meet the winners: Tantalus Estate Vineyard

14 Jun 2019

Hospitality New Zealand member Tantalus Estate Vineyard is an impressive concept stretched over eight hectares on the wine-haven of Waiheke Island.

The estate features 5.3 hectares of vineyards, a winery, a craft brewery and a restaurant with a seasonal menu of fresh, local produce.

At Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence 2018, this Waiheke Island hot-spot was recognised with the award for Best Destination Venue.

With just two weeks to go before entries to the Awards for Excellence 2019 close on Friday 28 June, Tantalus Estate General Manger Carrie Aitken told us the property will definitely be entering the Awards again this year, and submitting their entry form "very soon!"

“Being nominated as a finalist in any category is rewarding, and of course, we did not have any expectation to win,” Carrie told Hospitality New Zealand.

“Our whole team works together to achieve a common goal of excellence and exceeding customer expectations, and to be a category finalist is a credit to this achievement. To win the Best Destination Venue category really boosts the morale of the whole team and rewards them for their incredible dedication to our establishment. This award was shared across all departments of our business and great pride was felt throughout the whole team,” Carrie continued.

For Tantalus Estate Vineyard, Carrie said, the only barrier to entering the Awards was that feeling most hospitality operators have of being “time poor all the time”. The entry process and form itself, she added was actually “not at all” difficult to complete, with a good variety of categories to cover what New Zealand offers in hospitality.

Carrie explained that it was, however, important to her to make time for the entry process, as she felt it was a great way of acknowledging the hard work her team had put in to making the property a success.

“I feel that recognition of excellence, and rewarding the pursuit of, is something to strive for. I feel that our venue, along with the products, offerings, and hospitality, has a strong presence and reflects the values and expectations that our guests are after. We have put so much time and effort into our people and we wanted them to be recognized as well,” she told Hospitality New Zealand.

While Tantalus Estate Vineyard was already a premier, “must-visit” destination on the competitive Waikeke Island scene for wine and dining, Carrie said she feels being an award winner has had a positive impact on her business.

“Being recognized nationally for the dedication to our industry is an incredible feat. We are always looking to grow and improve, and winning a prestigious award in recognition of the efforts of our team encourages everyone to continue to strive for excellence,” concluded Carrie.

Does your business have what it takes to win at the Awards for Excellence 2019? Don’t miss out: entries to Hospitality New Zealand's Awards for Excellence 2019 close on Friday 28 June.

To enter your business for an award this year, visit

Take a look at the categories for the Awards for Excellence 2019 and the entry criteria for each category here.

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