Cellar 495

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Tuesday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Wednesday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Thursday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Friday12:00 – 10:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 – 10:00 pm.


319 Heretaunga Street East

06 870 6308

Hastings is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with many pockets around the centre seeing new buildings and renovations come to life. One such space is the Municipal Building, part of Toitoi - the Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre.  There are a collection of interesting businesses and services in the building, and one that deserves plenty of attention is Cellar 495. 

Opened in September 2022, this is Hastings’ newest wine bar, bistro, tasting room and wine shop. At the helm is the world’s 495th Master of Wine, Michael Henley - only the 16th New Zealander to hold this title. Michael has always had an interest in tasting and sharing new and exciting wines, so when he achieved his Master of Wine, he started an online platform and now the physical space is an extension of that. 

Dim lighting and dark interiors set a cosy and inviting vibe in Cellar 495. Settle into your table and take in your surroundings, including the bar with a very impressive lineup of wine bottles in the background. This is the place to come to branch out and try different wines, particularly from wineries that do not have their own cellar doors. Pop in the afternoon for a Hawke’s Bay wine-tasting flight, and trust Michael and his team to serve you a taste of the region. And if you try a wine you love, you’re able to buy a bottle and take it home.

When it comes to the food at Cellar 495, head chef Carlita Campbell has a casual and relaxed approach. The idea is for the menu to be enjoyed grazing style, and there is a real bistro feel to the dishes, as well as support for local suppliers. Start by ordering a few options, and as your afternoon or evening progresses, see where the tasting and dining takes you.

Celebrating and showcasing wine is at the heart of Cellar 495, and whether you want to do a full-flight tasting or simply try a completely new and different wine, this is the place to go.

Words by Julia Rutherford & Photography by Anna Briggs

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319 Heretaunga Street East

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