"We aim to provide a unique wine experience and guide you on a journey through the diverse and exciting world of New Zealand wine, spirits and craft beer. Excellent customer service, integrity, discovery, knowledge and passion are the key values that form the foundation of our business."

Wine Cave New Zealand Ltd

The Wine Cave's name is derived from the French 'la cave', meaning 'of cellar'.

As you enter our store at 104 Carlton Gore Road, you are soon immersed in our architecturally designed wine shelves holding 435 wines. More than 80% of those wines have been carefully selected to showcase approximately 180 New Zealand wineries, from the most northern part of the North Island to the most southern vineyard in the world.

Our ethos in selecting wines is very simple, with a focus on Terrôir. Many of our suppliers are single vineyards that are mostly family owned and range in size from one to four hectares. Often, the vineyard's practice is also organic or biodynamic.

The Store

Our store journey begins with an exhibition of legendary bottles from all over the world and the stories they bring. Some of New Zealand's finest spirits are also on display in our welcome (reception) room, where all customers are greeted upon entry.

From there, our main showroom is home to 435 wines, 60 spirits, and a small selection of New Zealand craft beers. With wines that are usually only discovered at selected restaurants, our varietals range includes at least 35 international classic grapes with a designated sweet/fortified wine section.

An impressive timber shelving grid lines the perimeter of the showroom with beautifully diffused light achieved via back-lit shelves designed to reflect light off the wine bottles. The grid pattern continues over the ceiling with expressed battens and angled LED tubes forming the feature lighting across the space. With an eight-metre tasting table at the centre of the room, the overall effect is a theatrical cave that makes wine the star.

We have introduced the latest mobile shopping technology in store, whereby our sales consultants can assist customers strolling around the room by scanning the QR code of products they wish to purchase. Customers can use their own smartphones to do the same. There are also two large 23-inch touch screens available in-store for customers to take a more in-depth search of our range.

Wine Cave New Zealand Ltd

Our Wine Vault is an area exclusively designed to cellar 800 of New Zealand's best wines. The area has strict access; however our team is more than happy to accompany anyone who wishes to visit it. Members are welcome to reserve the room.

The Wine Vault is kept at cellaring temperature with 45-degree angled shelves to rest the wine bottles on. The wines include vintages from premium labels such as Te Mata, Dry River, Ata Rangi, Craggy Range, Destiny Bay, Felton Road and many more. Please visit our membership programme for more details.

Both the main showroom and The Wine Vault are available to hire for functions. We have a full commercial kitchen in our warehouse which is able to facilitate private functions from canape service to formal sit-down table d'hôte. Our catering partner, Dawson's Catering, is also able to tailor your menu choices.

Our warehouse is also available as a vintage-chic space to hire for larger functions. Please visit our events page for more details. .

Who We Are

The name derived from the French "de Cave" the Cellar. As you entering lower part of building on 104 Carlton Gore Road; you would immerse yourself with architectural designed wine shelves with 435 wines, with more than 80% of wines have been carefully selected to showcase over 180 wineries in New Zealand. From the most North part of North Island to most southern vineyard in the world. Our message is very simple - Terrôir focus. We have searched and selected on the vineyards size from 1 to 4 hectares with mostly family owned or single operator. Often enough, their farm practice is either organic or bio-dynamic grown.

Our team

Joe Wang
Co-Founder and Director

Wang's career of 21 years includes roles in hospitality and wine sales in Sydney, Auckland and Hawke's Bay.

His personal interest in cooking led him into this industry, which developed into a true passion for wine. Wang graduated from the Pacific International Hotel Management School in New Plymouth, before he furthered his study in Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. He supplemented his studies working at Kable's Restaurant in Sydney's Four Seasons Hotel.

In 2006, Wang moved back to New Zealand, where he continued his hospitality career trajectory at Auckland's SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Stamford Plaza and the Bowman's and Cibo restaurants. His love of wine grew with his work as Sommelier at Auckland's exclusive The Northern Club. He was also Head Sommelier at Cape Kidnappers Lodge, where he gained an intimate knowledge of New Zealand's viticulture landscape.

This kick-started almost a decade of higher education in fine wine and spirits. Wang studied at the international Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) during his time in Sydney, successfully achieving WSET Level 3.

He also became a certified sommelier in February 2012, through New Zealand's Sommeliers & Wine Professionals Association. This led to him being New Zealand's first sommelier to compete in the world's most prestigious Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) in South Korea.

Wang's belief in the exceptional calibre of New Zealand wines led to the establishment of The Wine Cave, which he co-founded and operates full time as managing director. The business has become the culmination of more than 21 years of insights gathered from the hospitality industry.

Gary Sweetman


Gary Sweetman's culinary career spans 45 years. He trained and worked in Melbourne's best restaurants, before moving to Europe where he continued to accumulate knowledge in three-star Michelin establishments.

Sweetman returned to London in the 鈥?0s as a restaurant consultant, opening operations in the mainly Asian fusion genre. His vast experience in wine and food matching over the years has bought his career path to the door of The Wine Cave, where he will be able to advise in the planning of dinner parties and functions.

Giullia Silva


Having worked in many fine dining restaurants, bars and cafes in New Zealand for the past seven years, Silva decided it was time for a shift in her career path.

She came across The Wine Cave development shortly after completing her WSET Level 3 Award in Wine and the French Wine Scholar Certificate, knowing the establishment was a perfect fit for her.

Silva is passionate about wine and the cultural, scientific and historical aspects behind it, especially in the New Zealand industry, where there's still so much to be learned and discovered.

Silva is looking forward to sharing the fascinating stories behind every bottle at The Wine Cave and connecting people with the outstanding range of local wineries on offer.

Dominique Quilichini


Dominique Quilichinihas worked in the wine industry for the last five years, beginning in France at Domaine Ott. In recent years, Quilichinimoved to New Zealand where he spent two and a half years working on Waiheke Island for Cable Bay and Te Motu as cellar door supervisor.

Whilst Quilichini quickly fell in love with Waiheke's red wines, he has visited New Zealand's other famous wine regions and is prepared to discover more amazing wines from around the country.