Like a well-aged wine getting better with age, Queenstown’s renowned No5 Church Lane is pioneering a focus on exclusively South Island vintages. The carefully curated wine list is selective, so that patrons can be too.

We believe this is the first non winery-based restaurant in New Zealand to offer a list exclusively drawn up from its local wine region, sitting alongside the selection of French Champagne, and are proud to fly the local flag.

With world-renowned winemakers on their doorstep, GM James Cavanagh says the decision to select a list for a quintessential Central Otago experience was an easy one.

“Hot dry summers and cold winters produce a stunning array of award-winning wines in the area. You’d be silly to visit Burgundy, Barossa or Provence and not drink local, and the same goes for the Central Otago region.”

Featuring only New Zealand labels that stand proud on both the local and world stage like Felton Road, Prophet’s Rock, Rippon and Domaine Thompson (to name a few), patrons are spoiled for choice with an expert list that satisfies the palettes of novices and the most seasoned wine connoisseurs alike.

The addition of Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is one of certain indulgence, with owner and actor Sam Neill delighted by its inclusion.

“When, reluctantly, we can tear ourselves away from the vineyards we like to head for the bright lights of Queenstown and what better place to drink some great Central wines than The Spire, and eat well at the same time,” he says.

“Of course, it’s always pleasing to see Two Paddocks on the wine list, and who can blame us if we sometimes like to indulge in our own wine when there.”

The new wine list will sit alongside a spruced-up menu that focuses on local produce yet gives equal weighting to seasonal veges handpicked from the community garden and dressed up by the kitchen family with a raw, chargrill, and pasta and grains section to cover carnivores and the plant-based.