The stunning natural environment of a tiny house is only half the experience. Good food and exceptional wine make it complete.

To stay in a tiny house is to step into a world unchanged; a world off the grid and surrounded by nature on all sides. Stoneleigh Wines relate to this all too well. Being founded on the philosophy of ‘minimal intervention’ ensures the vibrant flavours of the vineyard are captured in each and every bottle.

Situated in the Wairau Valley in New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough wine region, the Stoneleigh Vineyard is remarkable for reasons other than the extraordinary wines they produce. They are now 100% certified sustainable [1], and from the 2020 vintage, all wines will be vegan certified too [2].

What better wine to take with you to the untouched middle of nowhere?

Food (and wine) for thought.

With many businesses in regional and rural areas of our beautiful country still in recovery mode after the bushfires of 2019/20, we recommend you take an empty esky. There are many bakeries, grocery stores, cafes and farms along the way that can help you stock up on delicious, fresh, local produce. But just to be sure, remember to pack a bottle of Stoneleigh wine before you leave. Stoneleigh wears its sustainable credentials on its label now, so please look out for the new nature-inspired designs when you pack for your escape.

As you near your destination, fewer distractions mean you’ll have plenty of time to think about your escape from the world you know, to the one you’ve been dreaming about.

A world that involves a stunning cheeseboard…and sublime wine to match.

Decisions, decisions.

Here are some tips to make sure that cheeseboard measures up:

  1. Think about texture as well as taste with your cheese choices. So, make sure you have variety, from aged to firm, and from crumbly to soft and gooey.
  2. Remember that different cheeses need different wines to bring out the best in them. So, try and pair the intensity of cheese flavour to the intensity of the wine. For instance, acidic white wines like the Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc pair best with soft, creamy cheeses, while red wine like the Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir pairs best with aged cheeses.
  3. A cheese board isn’t complete without all the accompaniments. To make the choice easier, perhaps it’s easier to think of this in categories – fresh (fruit/veggies), sweet (honey, dried figs) and salty & tangy (nuts, olives). A selection of each really gets the taste buds fired up.
  4. Try to set up your cheeseboard in sequence. Yes, we know, it sounds a bit regimented but bear with us. If you go from the lighter, creamier cheeses and accompanying wines up to the harder, bolder offerings, your palate will adjust accordingly and let you truly enjoy every mouthful.
  5. Temperature is key in cheese and wine, so take your cheeses out of the fridge about 45 minutes before you hit the campfire.

In this case, it’s about the destination, not the journey.

There’s getting away from it all. And there’s a tiny house experience.

Your tiny house, through the careful choice of sustainable materials and creature comforts, reflects a minimalist mindset that Stoneleigh has brought to its winemaking process - because it’s what they leave out of their wines that makes the difference. So, once you’ve unpacked, sit back, relax and savour a glass for yourself.

Here’s something else to ponder while you relax…the Stoneleigh name originates from the ancient river stones, once found at the bottom of the Wairau River, that are used to surround the vines as they grow. These stones retain the heat of the golden Marlborough sunshine and release it throughout the day and night, helping the vines develop their unique flavours.

Bye-bye, Uber Eats. Hello, cooking under the stars.

With no mobile coverage, it’s time to go back to basics. For inspiration, take a look at the Stoneleigh website before you leave. This simple and tasty dish is just one example of the recipes you’ll find and pairs perfectly with the Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

The only decision left to make is red or white?

Purchase a Stoneleigh wine for your In2thewild stay today! Please enjoy Stoneleigh responsibly.

[1] SWNZ is a world-leading sustainability programme, where certification must be awarded through an independently audited programme that focuseson sustainability practices in both the vineyard and winery.

[2] Stoneleigh has chosen to use non-animal products and through a rigorous independent inspection, has been determined to be free of animal-derived ingredients, cross-contamination during production and GMO-free.