A visit to Waiheke's Poderi Crisci feels as if you've just jetted off to Europe – what a truly magical place to tie the knot. We chat to renowned Auckland Restauranteur and chef, Antonio Poderi, owner and found of the vineyard and restaurant venue about why this spot is the ultimate place to celebrate your love.
New Zealand Weddings : Can you tell us a little bit about Poderi Crisci and how it came to be?
Antonio: I had the vision to create Poderi Crisci, drawing inspiration for the Italian concept of “Agro-Turismo”. At our unspoilt slice of Waiheke Island, we're dedicated to producing our own wines and olive oils, as well as much of the produce used in the kitchen. Through skilful planning and foresight, in little time we've established ourselves as unique amongst Waiheke locations and become a well known and popular venue for long lunches, romantic degustaion dinners, weddings and other special events.
Why is Poderi Crisci a wonderful place to get married?
A visit to Poderi Crisci is akin to being transported to Italy for the day. The rolling hillsides embracing the property are reminiscent of Tuscany and the manicure kitchen garden and lawns provide a stately yet relaxed feel to the grounds. Boasting beautiful views in every direction the setting is a photographers dream. Of course any great event need great food and the kitchen team at Poderi Crisci are truly world class. The acclaimed service and attention to detail that the staff are known for adds an extra layer of finesse to the experience.
What different spaces are there available for weddings?
Poderi Crisci has spaces for wedding events from 20 – 140 people. These include our underground wine cellar, providing an intimate dining experience for up to 50 people, the bottom lawn overlooking native wetlands where a marquee can be installed for up to 140 people. Smaller marquees for up to 80 people can be installed on our cellar roof, amongst the vines.
The garden lawn provides the perfect setting for your ceremony and the main restaurant can easily be transformed into a venue to relax dance the night away once the formalities are done with.
Does Poderi Crisci have wedding packages available?
Poderi Crisci offers a comprehensive wedding package, tailoring menus and flow of service to each individual wedding event. No two weddings are the same and we do go out of our way to make each and every event extra special be tailoring the venue and catering to the tastes of the couple. It is after all their day. Included in the wedding package are also services offered by our wedding planner, in association with Coco Lily Events, offering piece of mind and ensuring that your wedding day will go off without a hitch. Extra services are also available at a preferential rate to Poderi Crisci wedding couples.
Can you tell about the Poderi Crisci Restaurant and what options there are available for weddings?
The award winning Poderi Crisci Restaurant produces authentic modern and classic Italian dishes using the freshest produce available, most of which is sourced straight from the kitchen garden. The menu changes daily and is designed to flawlessly compliment or range of estate grown, handcrafted wines.
Our wedding menus faithfully replicate the Italian style wedding, and are all inclusive from the selection of canapes enjoyed with celebratory champagne following the ceremony, through to the buffet of finest imported Italian cheeses at the end of the evening. Guests enjoy an event that flows and offers plenty of time between courses for speeches. As with any Italian wedding, you can expect to spend three hours enjoying the array of finest Italian fare and enjoying each sumptuous mouthful accompanied by wines worthy of the occasion.
What advice do you have for couples when looking for the ideal wedding venue?
Create a wish list and a budget, find a happy place between the two and proceed. Allow a little contingency in your budget to allow little “Capriccio”.