Food & Wine Weekend - Al Brown

11-13 October, 2013            $1,995 per couple

Al Brown, Depot and Duncan McTavish from Man O'War Vineyard

For the eighth year in a row, lovers of food, wine and wilderness can indulge in Poronui's Al Brown Food and Wine weekend next spring.  Meet Al and Duncan. Celebrate with a multi course degustation dinner, with matching food and wine. This is truly a gourmand's delight.

The Saturday night dining experience is always held in our atmospheric 10,000 bottle wine cellar. Duncan will explain his choices and you will learn a little about the fine art of wine-making.  Al will share his expertise with you throughout the meal and join you at the table when he is finished in the kitchen.

NZ$1,995 per couple, including GST, provides two nights accommodation, all meals including the dinner Friday night, the Gala Degustation Dinner Saturday night with matched wines, country breakfast each morning and picnic lunch on Saturday.

These events always sell out quickly, so don’t delay, call Eve or Claire on +07 384 2080 or email

Al Brown

Al Brown is a chef, restaurateur, television presenter and food writer.

Al Brown’s approach to cooking is all about simplicity and generosity. His dishes deliver uncomplicated excellence and showcase the culinary landscape of New Zealand. People and place are key to his philosophy; wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance an eating experience. In Al’s opinion, food is the vehicle for conversation, fun and memorable occasions.

His restaurant, Depot, opened in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and has been an unprecedented success, winning the 2012 Metro/Audi Supreme Restaurant of the Year ( He is also the mind behind Auckland’s newest bagel factory; Best Ugly Bagels make Montreal-style wood-fired bagels in a funky old converted warehouse in downtown Auckland (

Al is the author of Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast and Stoked: Cooking with Fire. Go Fish won both People’s Choice and Best Illustrated Book at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and Best Single Subject at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards in the USA. His latest book, Get Fresh, was released in November 2012.

He has also presented the television series: Dishing Up Australia, Get Fresh with Al Brown, Coasters and Hunger for the Wild.

Al spends his time outside of the restaurant writing, presenting, cooking for events and demonstrations, and pursuing his passion for fishing.

Duncan McTavish from Man O'War Vineyard

Duncan’s heart and soul - and enormous talent - are all reflected in each of the extraordinary wines he crafts at Man O’ War. Of singular personality they are indeed the “definitive translation of our land”. The first graduate of the inaugural Viticulture and Oneology degree program at Lincoln University in 1998, Duncan spent the following 3 years working harvest for some of the best producers in Burgundy, Germany, California, Australia and New Zealand.

This apprenticeship culminated in 2001 when he landed a job with one of New Zealand’s greatest wine producers, the Waipara Valley’s inimitable Pegasus Bay. After nearly four years under the wing of Pegasus, Duncan left to develop his own winemaking ideas at Waipara Springs until 2008 when he was enticed north to Man O’ War. He now makes his home on Waiheke living above Onetangi Beach with his partner Vanessa, son Tommy and daughter Layla.

Duncan McTavish winemaker at Man O'War

These weekends are always booked well in advance, so to make an inquiry;  please call Eve on +64 7 384 2080 or send us an email


To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

To sportsmen, Poronui is a supreme hunting lodge where they can hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore 16,000 acres of timeless wilderness.

To match the premier quality of the outdoor experience, Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options: the legendary Poronui fishing lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka river at Safari Camp or stately Blake House - the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

Whether your passion is New Zealand fly fishing, hunting or hiking, our guests talk of the magic of Poronui – the breathtaking location, the genuine Kiwi warmth, and the camaraderie they share with guides and fellow adventurers.

Come and experience the legend of Poronui.

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