Cellar door and cafe

Our chic, contemporary cellar door is where you can taste a range of our opulent, quality portfolio of fine wines. The Desert Heart Cellar Door is stylish, convivial and inviting, an idyllic place to enjoy delicious food and exquisite wines whilst taking in the magnificent 360 degree views from the Kawarau River, Mt Difficulty, Gold Sluicing’s and the mighty Pisa Range. Come and enjoy an intimate tasting with owner Denny.

Our Cellar Door Opening Hours

Desert Heart is now closed for the winter and we will look forward to welcoming everyone back in the Spring.


 We will be closing for this season on Sunday April 24th and reopening again to welcome you back in September

Delight in Desert Hearts gourmet platters and savour our light bites complimented with a glass of our excellent wines.
We do charge a small $10 fee per person for tasting, however this is absolutely refundable if you decide to purchase any of our wines.

Desert Hearts Menu

At Desert Heart, we make every effort to surprise and delight!

Welcome to Desert Heart where our beautiful wines are created, with what is best for the land, the grape and the soul. When you sit down to eat at Desert Heart you are sitting with our family, you become part of that family. We are not pretentious, just fun, and creative with energy, passion, and generosity. Share a taste of “Desert Heart” and the culture and care that created it.


GF, Vegetarian, Vegan & Dairy Free options are available on request.

We will take all reasonable efforts to accommodate guests’ dietary needs, however individual foods may come into contact with one another due to shared cooking and preparation areas. Thus we cannot guarantee that cross-contact with foods containing gluten/nuts will not occur. If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please inform one of our team members.


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"Undisputedly the best platter in Central Otago - an absolute delight on Felton Road. Beautiful, truly delectable wines, especially their 2012 Pinot and a seriously drinkable chardonnay that could spark a chardonnay renaissance. Jane and Denny are the perfect Kiwi hosts, boasting a comprehensive knowledge of the area, stories of the vintages that can only enhance the tasting experience and absolute masters in the kitchen. With its beautiful outlook across Bannockburn from the tasting room, Desert Heart sings true to the quality of wine this area of New Zealand is renowned for, further complemented up by the food and overall experience."
Stephen and Monique
Stephen and Monique
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I just wanted to let you know we just enjoyed the 2010 Bannockburn Pinot Noir. We purchased this at your Cellar door 3 years ago, liked it then and it's still drinking beautifully now.Thank you! "
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