Winery, Restaurant and Function Venue.





Poderi Crisci vineyard encompasses 7.7 hectares on a north facing slope set amongst a sheltered amphitheatre and a narrow rocky strip believed to be 30 million set years older than the rest of the Island.

Located at the end of a country lane, Poderi Crisci is a family-owned vineyard and restaurant with Italian flair and a passion for traditional winemaking. For four generations the Crisci family have been immersed in the art of food and wine. Antonio, born and raised in Napoli, arrived in NZ in the early ’90s quickly making a name for himself in the Auckland scene with the establishment of Toto restaurant in Nelson Street. With his partner Vivienne Farnell they opened Non Solo Pizza in 1996, now an institution in Parnell.

The first merlot vines were planted in 2000. The success of the first vines led to the planting of other grape varieties and vegetable gardens with Poderi Crisci being founded in 2008 and the restaurant opening in 2010. Antonio, a visionary, has transformed the Waiheke Island vineyard into a place people will visit to wine, dine and have ‘layers of experience.’

Just arriving at Poderi Crisci you may well think that you have been transported to Tuscany.



The Executive 

Antonio Crisci’s life long passion for flavours begun with his grandmother teaching him the secrets of Italian cuisine, in his mum’s kitchen- Napoli, Southern Italy. His love of food drove him to open his first restaurant in his hometown at the tender age of 19.

With dreams of sailing around the world, Antonio left Italy with his travels eventually leading him to arrive by yacht to Paihia, NZ in 1991. He made his way to Auckland working in a few restaurants and was surprised by how few European products were accessible in NZ’s largest city. Still keen to see more of the world he travelled to Australia, Indonesia and back to Europe then decided to make NZ his home in 1993. Within a few months he begun to introduce his favourite Italian flavours through his vision of what an Italian restaurant should be, ‘Toto’ in Nelson St, Auckland. The flagship restaurant was welcomed with great enthusiasm in the somewhat barren dining scene of the era and quickly attracted Auckland’s movers & shakers. It is also where he met the then Maitre’D of ‘Toto’ Vivienne Farnell. They have two daughters, Bella & Marilena now aged 14 & 12.

Antonio’s influence in the Auckland scene is dotted around the inner city with Il Forno cafe in Ponsonby and what has become a Parnell institution, Non Solo Pizza, established in 1996 with Vivienne. It is still going strong after 19years. Antonio’s contribution to the industry was recognised in 2009 when he was voted ‘Outstanding Hospitality Personality of the Year’ at the prestigious Lewisham Awards. His presence is in demand at food and wine festivals such as Taste of Auckland, The Waiheke Vintage Festival and Festival Italiano.

Poderi Crisci is a culmination of his vision as a restaurateur, his Italian heritage and his commitment to living the New Zealand dream. On entry to Poderi Crisci you are immediately graced with old world style, charm and the bountiful gardens give you a sense of being in a self sufficient safe haven.
Antonio believes Waiheke is the ultimate destination for food lovers and that the vineyard fulfils the dreams of a lot of chefs. That is, to have a garden full of fresh produce to choose from daily and being able to create the menu of the day based on the freshest of ingredients.
Antonio loves being an owner/operator of his restaurants and he gives constant attention to detail and to continually uphold standards of food and wine service. He loves that he has the possibility to “entirely express my vision of food being an integral part of life”.

Divine Arneis

Divine Arneis

Divine Service

Divine Service



Two Disciples

Two Disciples





Our wines are lovingly produced in French oak barriques over an 18 month period in our underground cellar. Possibly the most beautiful cellar room in Waiheke.

Influenced by old world styled wine and grape varieties, our wines are produced with a respect for nature and minimal intervention on the wine making process. Focus is on quality above all else with the majority of vineyard work carried out by hand.

All the fruit used for Poderi Crisci wines is estate grown and selectively hand harvested. The grapes are extensively sorted in the vineyard to ensure that only the very best fruit comes into the winery, a second more intensive sorting process is then carried out prior the crushing, finishing with a natural melalactic and aged in French oak barrique using 25% of new oak for the red varieties.




One of the finest examples of a kitchen garden lines the entrance to Poderi Crisci. It is not uncommon to see the chefs in the garden sourcing what are definitely the freshest possible ingredients and herbs. Our garden is carefully managed by our talented head gardener providing fresh seasonal produce all year round.

From a bountiful herb garden, salad leaves and tomatoes, to artichokes, figs, pumpkin and some of the finest zucchini you will ever see. We truly believe you cannot match the goodness that comes when you go straight from the garden to plate. Via the kitchen of course.

The garden highlights the importance that we place in fresh ingredients used with high quality condiments such as our own olive oil and Sapa. Finish your meal with Agrumetto Citrus liqueur, Aquavite and other Italian influenced speciality products created at the vineyard.

Another reason things just taste better at Poderi Crisci.



Poderi Crisci Ombra 2014 (Cabernet Franc Predominant, Sparkling Rose)
An exciting Sparkling Rose with a fine yeasty, fresh bakery character reminiscent of Champagne. Floral nose contains hints of wild strawberry, peach nectarine and cassis. On the Palate, fine beads, very refreshing dry aperitif style. Wild Blackberry and Peachy with a great mouth feel and good length. .

Poderi Crisci Rose 2014 (Merlot Predominant)
A great example of a Merlot Bianco style wine in the fashion of the southern French and Italian Roses. From Merlot grapes, the 2014 Rose displays light summer fruits with a flinty earthy character. The Salmon blush hints at the body, light and playful, a fresh lively Rosé, with a great structure with a very refreshing palate, dry style with a lingering fresh finish to stand up to all great summer luncheons. .

PoderiCrisci Pinot Grigio 2013
Subtle pale straw with mineral notes and hints of yellow plum and dried cut grass. Baked figs and a touch of fresh cinnamon spice. The palate is loaded with fresh apple and pears, with a driven mouth filling citrus finish that lingers pleasantly, releasing pinenut and almond notes.

Poderi Crisci Arneis 2013
Poderi Crisci proudly lines up against a select group of NZ vineyards producing this exciting and cheeky variety from the Piemonte region in the north of Italy. Arneis is a colloquial term, translating to “Little Rascal”, a wine that exhibits intense citrus notes with apple, pear and vanilla in a bone dry style. A refreshing wine that is best enjoyed with delicate seafoods, sunshine, and company. Poderi Crisci is currently producing the only Waiheke grown Arneis.

Poderi Crisci Chardonnay 2012
An elegant young Chardonnay with a flirtatious light straw colour. Incredibly complex nose offering hints of freshly grilled nuts (almond) and marzipan alongside zests of citrus fruits.. A very finely structured wine with a good drive leading into a great lingering finish. An unmistakable Burgundian style Chardonnay.

Poderi Crisci “Nostrum” 2011 (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)
In the Tuscan tradition of Table wine, Poderi Crisci produced “Nostrum”. The name taken from the latin for “Ours”. This merlot predominant blend was 12 months in french oak, and the floral and fruity characteristics of the Cabernet Franc make this wine especially approachable and welcoming in any season. On the nose Maraschino cherry and doris plum with hints of charred wood. Also cocoa and spice. The palate is entertained with concentrated black fruit coulis and jams, leather and earthen notes lead to a finish ripe with nutty tannins.

PoderiCrisci “Viburno” 2009 (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)
Following the success of the 2008 vintage, the 2009 Viburno again benefited from 18 months in French Barriques. The 2009 vintage displays stronger notes and a more refined balance, offering a very concentrated nose exhibiting cigar & black fruit with brushed leather and intense spiciness. Very driven yet elegant, a full palate offers black fruit, blackberry jam and elderberry. Being a younger wine, the 2009, although drinking very well, is still a little shy of its true potential. A firm structure gives way to let the wine open and offer even more forest fruits and dark mushrooms when decanted.

Viburno 2010 (Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Montepulciano)
The Viburno 2010 is a result of one of the best vintages that Waiheke has enjoyed to date. The addition of 5% Montepulciano to the Merlot / Cabernet Franc blend adds extra depth and a wholesome, spicey finish to the wine completing the overall mouth feel that was widely enjoyed in the previous 2008 and 2009 vintages. A richer, complex wine displaying the same black fuit, jammy and earthen characteristics of previous vintages, but with a more balanced complexity and pleasant tannic activity.

Poderi Crisci “Viburno” 2011 (Merlot / Cabernet Franc)
The 2011 vintage produced a Viburno that retained the earthy, driven berry notes of previous vintages. A softer mouth feel that previous vintages and refined balance. A solid, rich berry drive that leads to earthy spiced tannins on the finish give the 2011 an exciting characteristic that will become fuller with time. Decanting the 2011 opens the wine to release the cigar, leather and cocoa notes as well as intense blackberry.

Poderi Crisci Merlot Riserva 2009 (Merlot 100%)
100% Merlot grown on a small knob of clay in front of the house. Very low cropping, hand harvested and great care taken, result in a great wine with aging potential. In the winery no intervention is practiced (Natural Yeast ferment) Aged for 18 months in French Oak Barriques with 30% new wood. Rich, full, very ripe plums, mulberries, elderberries & dark chocolate. Very concentrated, long & persistent, rich & voluptuous with silky cigar boxy tannins on the finish.

Poderi Crisci Merlot Riserva 2010 (Merlot 100%)
The 2010 Merlot Riserva, produced in the best vintage Waiheke has experienced. A very concentrated, intense nose, full of black fruit and cigar box with leather and burnt cocoa, showing great Merlot concentration. An equally rich palate offers ripe black berry and also cherries, cigar box fine cedary tannins and chocolate, cocoa after taste, very big wine with great elegance. A very refined and balanced Merlot with great aging potential.

Poderi Crisci Syrah 2012
Vibrant raspberry and red fruits with a hint of leather and cedar form an intriging and seductive nose. A medium weighted palate offers redfruits, raspberries and wild strawberries with subtle doris plum. Quite structured with good active tannins, reminisent of a good concentrated Pinot Noir.

Poderi Crisci Montepulciano 2012
Our Montepulciano is a delightful wine that displays all the earthy properties of an old world wine, with good balance of light flowery and fresh berry notes and a lovely peppery finish that offers a great example of this classic Italian variety.

Agrumetto (375ml)
Citrus liqueur produced from fresh Waiheke Citrus fruits. in an artisan method with traditional family recipe from Napoli.

AcquaVite (375ml)
Produced from selected grapes, a more refined digestive than traditional Grappa due to the method of production. Very intense cinnamon and spice characteristics.



The acclaimed Poderi Crisci Restaurant is widely recognised as one of the finest on Waiheke. In 2014 Poderi Crisci was the only Waiheke restaurant to receive the recognition of being a Metro Top 50  restaurant as well as being listed in the Cuisine Good Food Guide containing the best 70 restaurants in New Zealand.

Enjoy al Fresco dining all year round in this stunning location looking across the valley, with the west facing   restaurant capturing the final rays of the setting sun. The restaurant and surrounds are ideally suited for a  casual lunch, family gatherings or celebrations, weddings and romantic dinners.

Please note that due to the intimate size of the restaurant, bookings are essential for the Sunday Long Lunch and degustation dinners. We also recommend booking well in advance over the summer months and long weekends.



Our chefs are inspired by the finest traditional Italian cuisine prepared using the finest local produce. Modern touches and techniques are used throughout to highlight the flavours and textures of all of our dishes.

Our a la carte menu changes daily as we take advantage of our kitchen garden and the freshest ingredients avaliable on the day. The same is true for our famous “Sunday Long Lunch” menu and degustation menus.



The “ITALIAN LONG LUNCH “ an Italian tradition faithfully recreated every Sunday at Poderi Crisci. It’s a time to enjoy the age-old Italian values of family, friends, food and celebrating life in style.

An Italian lunch (il pranzo) is considered the most important meal – and on Sunday at Poderi it is treated as such and has fast become an institution for those who reside on Waiheke and those very welcome visitors .

Our Long Lunch Menu changes weekly and features the timeless classics designed to be perfectly matched with Poderi wines. ($75pp Excl Beverage)

The lunch starts @ 1230 and progresses through many courses ending with Dolci or Frommaggio @ approximately 1630. Please advise if you have time constraints. We will do our best to accommodate, but we have a saying;
“There is always plenty more thyme in the garden, and there is always another ferry”

Creamy whipped organic mozzarella with chopped vine ripened tomato, garden basil and Poderi Crisci olive oil.
Cascata di Pane
Homemade crispy grissini, Italian inspired breads, Poderi Crisci olive salad and olive oil.

Melanzane al Pomodoro
Lightly fried eggplant with cherry tomatoes, black olives, capers and garden basil
Peperoni in Padella
Capsicum prepared with black olives, capers, Italian parsley and garlic
Broccoli tips braised with sultanas, pine nuts, breadcrumbs and anchovy

Lasagne con Zucchini e Zafferano
Free range egg pasta sheets layered with garden zucchini and creamy saffron scented béchamel.

Costata di Manzo
Aged Angus Sirloin with potato macedonia, buttered spinach, garlic cream and Viburno jus.

White chocolate mille foglie on a berry sauce and garden strawberries.


The pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table.
Please note that a surcharge of 15% applies on Public Holidays.



Amuse Bouche
Capon marinated in curry with artichokes and garden thyme
Poderi Crisci Ombra

II Pane
Il pane bianco con olio al rosmarino, aglio e pepe nero in grani
A selection of fresh bread, grissini, estate olives and Poderi Crisci Olive Oil

Creamy whipped organic mozzarella with vine ripened cherry tomatoes, garden basil, garlic and olive oil
Poderi Crisci Rose 2014

IL Primo Piatto
Gnocchi al Pesto rinforzato
Homemade potato gnocchi with pesto, garden string beans and potato
Poderi Crisci Pinot Grigio 2013

Crispy skin King salmon served on a cream of chickpeas, flat runner beans and seasoned pistachios
Poderi Crisci Chardonnay 2013

Crostata di Manzo
Aged Angus sirloin with medley of fancy mushrooms, zucchini Macedonia, garlic cream and Viburno jus
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2011

Homemade apple, pear and rhubarb jam filo pastry strudel with a berry broth & vanilla bean gelato
Passito di Pantelleria

$85pp food only
$145pp including matching wines

Amuse Bouche 
Creamy whipped organic mozzarella with fresh tomato, garlic, garden basil and Poderi Crisci olive oil
Poderi Crisci ‘Ombra’ Sparkling Rose NV 

Il Pane
Il pane bianco con olio al rosmarino, aglio e pepe nero in grani
A selection of fresh bread, grissini, estate olives and Poderi Crisci Olive Oil

Prosciutto di Tonno e Melone
Homecured Bluefin tuna prosciutto with  a rosette of garden honeydew & rockmelon, green tomato & ginger marmalade & mandarin oil
Poderi Crisci Rose 2014

IL Primo Piatto
Ravioli di Barbabietole e Ricotta
Homemade ravioli filled with beetroot tips and ricotta cheese, served with a cherry tomato sauce and garden basil
Poderi Crisci Pinot Grigio 2014

Calamari ripieni ai broccoli
Pan roasted calamari filled with broccoli on an emulsion of olive oil and parmesan, tomato concasse
Poderi Crisci Arneis 2013

Liquid fruit sorbet with prosecco & Poderi Crisci ‘Agrumetto’ citrus liquer

Pan roasted Hawkes Bay lamb rump wrapped in pancetta with a potato & sage fan, medley of braised beetroots & shallots, garlic cream & Poderi Crisci ‘Viburno’ jus.
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2011

Filo pastry of pear & rhubarb with homemade vanilla bean gelato & wild berry coulis
Poderi Crisci ‘Agrumetto’ Citrus liqueur

The pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table


TRUST THE CHEF MENU [Minimum two people]

An extremely popular way to dine at Poderi Crisci. This menu encapsulates the freshest and best dishes of our daily changing menu.

Pescetti Marinati 
Bite size pieces of Terahiki fillet with lemon, lime, garlic, chilli, Italian parsley & Poderi Crisci olive oil

Cascata di Pane
Homemade crispy grissini, Italian inspired breads, Poderi Crisci olive salad & oil

A selection of antipasti style garden vegetables with aromatic herbs

Peperoni in padella
Braised capsicum with black olives, capers, Italian parsley & anchovy



Zucchini Alle Scapece
Crispy wafers of garden Zucchini tossed in balsamic, mint & garlic

Melanzane alla Griglia
Chargrilled eggplant with chilli, garlic & oregano

Gnocchi alla Norma
Homemade potato gnocchi with buffalo mozzarella, garden eggplant, cherry tomatoes & basil

Hawke’s Bay lamb rump served with potato and sage fan, zucchini macedonia, garlic sauce & Viburno jus

Semifreddo all’Amaretto
Amaretto scented parfait served on a berry coulis & semidried orange

$75 per person

Please note that the menu shown is indicative only. Our Trust the Chef menu changes daily as we take advantage of the produce available to us from our kitchen garden.



All of our Poderi Crisci Wines are produced and bottled on site

Wine tasting [4x 30ml] 2014 Rose/ 2014 Pinot Grigio/ 2010 Viburno & 2009 Merlot Riserva including
Pane & Poderi Crisci olive oil for $10

Poderi Crisci ‘Ombra’ Sparkling Rose N.V 13.50 65.00
Poderi Crisci Rose 2014 11.00 55.00
Poderi Crisci Arneis 2013 75.00
Poderi Crisci Pinot Grigio 2014 13.00 65.00
Poderi Crisci Chardonnay 2013 16.00 80.00
Poderi Crisci Chardonnay 2012 85.00
Poderi Crisci Vino Novello 2013 55.00
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2008 85.00
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2009 85.00
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2010 [Recommended] 90.00
Poderi Crisci Viburno 2011 15.00 75.00
Poderi Crisci Merlot Riserva 2009 19.00 95.00
Poderi Crisci Merlot Riserva 2010 100.00
Poderi Crisci Syrah 2012 80.00
Poderi Crisci Montepulciano 2012 90.00
Poderi Crisci Agrumetto [Limoncello] 10.00 45.00
Poderi Crisci Acquavite [Grappa] 15.00 65.00
Moscato di Pantelleria 500ml 10.00 65.00
Passito di Pantelleria 500ml 11.00 70.00


Ferrand and Laurent Chasagne Montrachet 2010 145.00
Ferrand and Laurent St Aubin Chardonnay 2010 120.00
Prosecco (Italy) 14.50 65.00
Bollinger N.V. Brut (France) 135.00
Fromentin Le Clapart Grand Cru (France) 125.00
Altero Brunello 1999 170.00
Prunotto Barbaresco 2004 125.00
Prunotto Ochietti 2007 130.00
Spelt Montepulciano 2004 110.00
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2010 240.00
Antinori Tignanello 2010 200.00
Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008 180.00
Sassicaia 2010 350.00
Sassicaia Guidalberto 2011 115.00
Nastro Azzurro Birra Peroni 8.50
Birra Moretti 9.00
Moretti la Rossa Doppio Malto 9.50
Moretti Baffo D’Oro 9.50
San Souci 9.00
Moretti Premium Light 8.00

Some wines of which we hold very limited stock, including single bottles are not listed here. Please ask if you are interested in a particular wine or style.




John Hawkesby

Perfect with lamb. It’s rich, velvet and soft with aromas of black doris plums, morello cherries and a whiff of cigar box. Subtle, fine-grained tannins. Good value.

Louise Woods

I have been meaning to thank you all very much for such a super lunch a few weeks ago!! Don’t worry – you will not see us for a while! A few of my friends are so excited to try this place- and am sure they will.Thank you once again!

John and Debbie

Hello there,  We would just like to thank the team at Poderi Crisci for a PERFECT lunch last Friday. We were extremely fortunate that our lunch booking was accepted ( as we were the only people there) but everybody was so welcoming, the food was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, blessed as we were with a stunning day. So, once again thank you, a memorable lunch, a great team, we cannot wait to return. Our recommendation is assured.


I just wanted to say a big thank you to, Mike and the rest of the team for a fantastic day on Saturday. My friends and I had an absolutely fantastic time and thought the food and the atmosphere was great. I’ll be planning another trip back for sure…… I really appreciate all te effort you went to to help make my day special and you certainly pulled that off, thanks so much.


Hi Mike, Just wanted to say a big thank you for making Saturday a special one for us. Everyone commented on what a great host you were and I really appreciated your help in setting everything up and taking care of us. We all had a fabulous time. Cheers

Michael Cooper

Merlot-based blend with good weight and strong, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, showing good complexity. Already highly enjoyable.

Andrew and Jonathan

Dear Mike, We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Saturday evening. The food was exceptional. You guys were amazing. Everyone in our group loved Poderi….and I have to say that says something as they are a sophisticated group from all over the world and very food conscious. I can’t say enough to express what a great meal and evening it was. Thank you to you and your team and of course to Antonio.

Fran and Hamish

Hi Mike and Antonio,  I hope this e-mail finds you both well.  Hamish and I would like to thank you for hosting our wedding. As you know, we had the most wonderful day. It was perfect. The venue is magical, you should both be very proud of what you have achieved as I don’t think there is anything like Poderi Crisci, anywhere. All our guests are still raving about the whole day. A lot of them had never been to Waiheke so they had no idea what to expect. It’s safe to say they were all blown away. We are so grateful to Mike for being the ultimate host, ensuring that everything went off without a hitch. If there were dramas behind the scenes, we didn’t see them! Also, thank you Mike for responding to the endless e-mails, it is difficult to organise a wedding from Overseas but you made it easy.  Thank you Antonio for the food. We choose Poderi Crisci for two reasons, the first, the location, However, the main reason we chose Poderi Crisci was due to Antonio’s reputation for food. We weren’t disappointed. The food was impeccable – the most common compliment we have received from our guests has been about the food, I don’t think anyone has had food like that before at a wedding. Particularly at a wedding catering for 100 plus people. We can’t wait to come back and have a nice long lunch! All the best, we look forward to seeing you both again soon.  Cheers


Hello Mike, Thank you for all you did to make Lee & Jacqui’s wedding such a wonderful occasion. The setting, the wine, the food & the service were all excellent – I couldn’t have asked for better for my daughter’s wedding. Did you arrange the perfect weather too? Please pass on to your staff my thanks for their attentive & friendly service & the delicious food they prepared. With all good wishes.


It’s not often that I find myself writing a letter to the owner of a restaurant and I am not a food critic by trade (although I’d love to be). I do, however, have the fortune of travelling the world on business and have the wonderful privilege of dining in some truly remarkable restaurants. Poderi Crisci on Waiheke is one of those that are of particular remark. My partner and I visited for a long lunch on Sunday and were treated to the absolute gastronomic adventure, which is, Poderi Crisci. The uncomplicated nature of both the food and environment with the touch of indulgence and flare is a true point of differentiation and I wish you all the success in future. We are so glad we visited and will no doubt be back soon!




There are many possibilities for holding your business, team or social functions and events at Poderi Crisci. The Estate is able to hold intimate functions and events starting with 15 guests to full scale large events with up to 100 guests. No matter what type of event you would like to hold at Poderi, we will always give the best service and menu to suit your needs.

Some of our popular options for functions include the Barrel Room, set in the cellar of the estate. The room is beautifully rustic with sturdy wooden tables placed between the wooden casks and rows of stacked bottles, creating the most stunning ambience. The main restaurant and outer decked areas are perfect for larger functions and we are also able to organise marquees for extra undercover seating/ standing areas. The gardens provide a stunning setting for ceremonies and other event requests.

We regularly use all Waiheke transport providers including Fullers (Passenger ferries), Sealink (Car ferries) so are able to quote and / or take care of your travel arrangements both on the island and from Auckland.

Being at Poderi Crisci feels a world away from Auckland. If you want to create a special event with the most memorable food, service and setting, we will do our utmost to accommodate your group.

Please do not hesitate to email or call the Restaurant Manager James Boyle if you have any queries;


or phone 09 372 2148




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Poderi Crisci “En Primeur”

Enquire about being amongst the first to enjoy each new vintage of Poderi Crisci wines
Poderi Crisci “En Primeur” gives you the chance to buy wines as soon as they are released at prices that are well below the regular cellar door price. With the release of each vintage you will receive 6 bottles of each new Poderi Crisci wine, and will also receive a copy of the wine makers notes on the vantage and vinification process.
A great opportunity to improve your cellar with some wines that will never be on offer outside of Poderi Crisci restaurant.
Given the low production and boutique nature of Poderi Crisci, we take the time to ensure that every wine we produce is unique to us and has a history and story behind it as unique as the wine itself.

Italian Kitchen Cooking Classes with Antonio Crisci
Enquire about our Italian cuisine cooking classes available for groups [minimum of 10]. There are so many possibilities- learning the art of making mozzarella, gnocchi or fresh pasta to name a few. We can cater the class to suit the needs of your group whether it be a team building exercise or a social event that you are organising.

Cooking is love made visible





Grissini croccanti accompagnati , il pane bianco con olio al rosmarino, aglio e pepe nero in grani
A selection of fresh home made breads

Aspettando il mangiare
Tastes to accompany fresh breads before the main event…

L’insalata di olive alla mediterranea
Salad of marinated olives

Le verdure grigliate marinate alle erbe
A selection of marinated char-grilled vegetables with fresh white bread to accompany

Il prosciutto crudo di Parma
Proscuitto from Parma to be enjoyed with crispy grissini

I salami, pancetta della Campania
Salami and pancetta of Campagnia, beautiful with pizza bread

Il Pecorino Sardo
Sardinian pecorino to accompany freshly baked focaccia of the day

Risotto ai Gamberi
Carnaroli rice, black tiger prawns ,broad beans , crayfish bisque and citrus oil

Agnello con Zucchine
Lamb rump served on a potato and bay leaf fan, garlic cream and zucchini macedonia

Panna cotta tropicale
Passion fruit pannacotta on a mango carpaccio and Agrumetto citrus segment

$75.00 + GST


On arrival

Ostriche al Salmone
Te Matuku Bay oyster wrapped in fennel marinated salmon with a caper, shallot and citrus dressing

Frittata di Cardi
Cardoon frittata on country sourdogh and salsa verde

Il Pane
Grissini croccanti, il pane bianco a nero con olio al rosmarino, aglio e pepe nero in grani
A selection of fresh home made breads

Aspettando il mangiare
Tastes to accompany fresh breads before the main event

L’insalata di olive alla mediterranea
Salad of marinated olives

Il prosciutto crudo di Parma
Proscuitto from Parma to be enjoyed with crispy grissini

I salami, pancetta della Campania
Salami and pancetta of Campagnia

Il Pecorino Sardo
Sardinian pecorino

Parmigiana di Melenzane
Layers of Eggplant fried and baked with fresh tomato mozzarella, parmesan and Basil

Salmone al forno con insalata di Peperoni
Crispy skin salmon on salad of roast capsicum and rocket salad


Milanesina di Vitello con scapece di zucchini
Crumbed veal with slivers of fried zucchini mint and balsamic dressing

The best cheese from Italy
A Selection of Italian cheese with different accompaniment

$85.00 + GST x 1 Secondi

$95 +GST X 2 Secondi




Crostini di Zucchini Menta, Calamaro
Crostini with zucchini, calamari and mint

Sushi Mediterraneo
Rosette of salmon and eggplant

Gaspaccio di Verdure con Ostrica
Vegetable Gazpacho with oysters and fried Grissino

Crostini con Salmone
Cured salmon on a toasted schiacicta with mascarpone, capers and salmon roe

Crostini Caprese
Crostini topped with buffalo mozzerella, tomato and basil

Crostini ai Zucchine
Crostini topped with caprino cheese, zucchini and thyme

Frittata di Cardi avvolta nel Prosciutto
Cardoon frittata wrapped in Prosciutto on country sourdough and salsa verde

Crostini con Pollo
Chicken liver parfait with caramelized onion and gherkin

Schiacciatine con carpaccio di manzo
Focaccia bread with Angus beef carpaccio, tuna mayonnaise, rocket salad and tomato

$3.00 per pc + GST




Restaurant, Wine Cellar & Roof


We can cater for up to 60 guests without additional marquees in our main restaurant area and can extent our capacity to 100 seated guests with marquees.


We can cater for up to 50 seated guests in the cellar. If you would prefer a stand up mix & mingle cocktail wedding, we can cater for up to 70 guests in this space. Our beautiful wine cellar is a highly enjoyed Winter wedding option.


We specialise in catering for 30 to 100 guest seated, to date our largest wedding on the cellar roof was for 100 guest.

We recommend a 1:30pm start and recommend the guests to catch the 12pm if coming from the city. (We can organise transport, the ferry tickets if required & have a list of accommodation providers). Usually we allow 10 minutes to get everyone onto the transport so they should arrive around 1:15pm

Room / Marquee personalising should be completed the day prior or by 10am and arrival music needs to be in place by 12:00noon (allowing for hiccups). We have a list of florists, bands, DJs and sound system providers or we can organise this for you.

We recommend refreshments for guests on arrival and/ or Sangria prior to the ceremony.

Ceremony scheduled for 1:30 to 2pm, an average would place the ceremony to finish between 2 to 3pm.

Bubbles to celebrate and offering of canapes prior or whilst having photos (we do have a list of photographers registered with us].

This is always hard to predict but Lunch / Dinner should start between 3:30 and 5pm.
Most wedding dinners range from between 3 to 5 hours depending on speeches and how much time between courses the bridal party would like.

Post Lunch / Dinner Music should be installed prior to 12noon. Dance floors can be added or we can offer a separate area like the main restaurant as the dancing area.

We are limited to strict hours,at 9:45 we start closing up with the aim of getting everyone going back to Auckland city on the 11pm boat which means that transport can be organised to also drop guests to their accommodation or the after party, we have a list of after party options available.

Cellar Wedding reference:
Hello Mike,
Thank you for all you did to make Lee & Jacqui’s wedding such a wonderful occasion. The setting, the wine, the food & the service were all excellent – I couldn’t have asked for better for my daughter’s wedding. Did you arrange the perfect weather too? Please pass on to your staff my thanks for their attentive & friendly service & the delicious food they prepared. With all good wishes – Jeanette

Marquee reference:
Hi Mike and Antonio,
I hope this e-mail finds you both well. Hamish and I would like to thank you for hosting our wedding. As you know, we had the most wonderful day. It was perfect. The venue is magical, you should both be very proud of what you have achieved as I don’t think there is anything like Poderi Crisci, anywhere. All our guests are still raving about the whole day. A lot of them had never been to Waiheke so they had no idea what to expect. It’s safe to say they were all blown away. We are so grateful to Mike for being the ultimate host, ensuring that everything went off without a hitch. If there were dramas behind the scenes, we didn’t see them! Also, thank you Mike for responding to the endless e-mails, it is difficult to organise a wedding from Overseas but you made it easy. Thank you Antonio for the food. We choose Poderi Crisci for two reasons, the first, the location, however, the main reason we chose Poderi Crisci was due to Antonio’s reputation for food. We weren’t disappointed. The food was impeccable – the most common compliment we have received from our guests has been about the food, I don’t think anyone has had food like that before at a wedding. Particularly at a wedding catering for 100 plus people. We can’t wait to come back and have a nice long lunch! we look forward to seeing you both again soon.  Cheers  Fran and Hamish



Ostriche con Gaspacho Afrodisiaco
Tematuku Bay Oyster with “Aphrodisiac” Gazpacho
Crostino Caprese
Toasted ciabatta with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato and garden basil
Schiacciatine con carpaccio di manzo
Focaccia bread with Angus beef carpaccio , tuna mayonnaise, rocket salad and tomato


Insalatina di Polipo e Patate allo Zafferano
Saffron scented octopus and potato salad with garden cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and Poderi Crisci olive oil

Cascada di Pane
Selection of homemade Grissini and Italian inspired bread with estate olives and olive oil


Spiedino di Crespelle Ripiene
Skewer of thin crepes filled with Ricotta and garden vegetable brunoise with light Italian cheese fondue and crispy red onion


Tonno Scottato alle Erbette
Seared herb crusted Bluefin tuna with ginger scented citronette and salad of capsicum and reduction of Poderi Crisci Sapa

Light refreshing fruit palate cleanser

Hawkes Bay lamb rack with pistachio and nut brown butter, potato “Al Funghetto”, minted garden beans, crème of exotic mushrooms and Poderi Crisci Viburno Jus


PannaCotta Tropicale
Passion Fruit PannaCotta with carpaccio of pineapple and agrumetto scented garden strawberry and blood orange segments

$115pp + GST


Crostini di zucchini menta, calamaro
Crostini with zucchini, calamari & mint
Sushi Mediterraneo
Rosette of salmon & eggplant

Gaspaccio di verdure con ostrica
Vegetable gazpacho with oysters & fried grissino

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Ombra 2014


Cascata di pane
Selection of sourdough breads, grissini, bruschette & olive salads

Insalata di gamberi, broccoli, casserecci con mayonese ai finocchietto
Salad of prawns, broccoli, casserecci, with fennel mayonnaise

Caprese di buffala con pomodoro basilico
Buffalo mozzarella, tomato & basil

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Rose 2014

Tonno scottato su insalata di peperoni grigliati all’agli olio
Herb crumbed tuna on a nest of grilled capsicum

Proscuitto di parma su chenelle di fichi
Parma ham, melon salad, fig & parmesan quenelle

Terrine di verdure in salsa al pomodoro fresca e zenzero
Terrine of vegetables with tomato & ginger

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Pinot Grigio 2014


Salmone Bellavista
Poached Akaroa salmon on a Russian salad

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Rose 2014

Tagliata di manzo alla brace con insalata di carciofi e funghi
Eye fillet char grilled sliced rear on a salad of artichoke hearts, mushroom & herbs

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Viburno 2010


Mosaico Ghiacciato do ananas e menta
Mosaic of mint & pineapple

Suggested wine Poderi Crisci Agrumetto 2012
Citrus Liquor


Fango di Cioccolato
Chocolate fudge cake, fresh berry and fruit coulis


Reggiano, Gorgonzola & Taleggio served with walnut bread, truffle honey, cedro, almonds and chutneys

$150pp + GST
Wine is not included and is charged on consumption 


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Your privacy really is very important to Poderi Crisci. So we have established and implemented privacy and information handling practices that reflect the highest standards and best practices of organisations doing business on the Internet.

We will not collect personally identifiable information like your name, e-mail and mailing address and telephone number (“Personal Information”) without your knowledge and permission;
We will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties unless you have authorized us to do so;
And we will take all reasonable steps to protect the security of the Personal Information we collect from you.

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Poderi Crisci does not collect personally identifiable information on our website, such as your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number, without your knowledge.

Such information is collected only when you knowingly and voluntarily submit it to us (as, for example, when you contact us via e-mail). Poderi Crisci uses this voluntarily submitted information for the purposes for which it was submitted.


When you place an order or subscribe to our wine club, En Primeur- Poderi Crisci will ask you to provide certain information about yourself, such as your name, mailing address, or e-mail address.

The personal information you submit when placing your order/ subscription is treated as confidential. We use this information to process your transaction, and we share the information with Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc. in order to process your order.

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You should carefully review the privacy statements or policies on any other site that you visit because those privacy statements or policies will apply to your visit to that site and may be very different from our policy.

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Direct Payment Solutions Limited or its licensors (this will be referred to as DPS) are committed to protecting your privacy as an Internet user whenever you buy goods or services from a Merchant (us) which uses Payment Express. The Merchant, will generally be using Payment Express when the cardholder is using a credit or debit card over the Internet, Phone, Fax, Unattended or Integrated EFTPOS system. DPS recognizes its responsibility to keep confidential at all times any information which DPS acquires in connection with such a transaction, whether directly from the Cardholders or Merchant. DPS protects personal information (at a minimum) to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Please note however; DPS responsibility is limited to protection by DPS of information which DPS obtains. DPS itself cannot, of course, control the use or disclosure by your supplier of any information which they obtain from you.

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To enable DPS to provide secure payment facilities it will typically acquire information which may include the Cardholder’s name, credit card number (with the expiry date) and billing address.

Use and Disclosure of Information

DPS uses the information to obtain authorization of the transaction from the Issuing bank of the credit card and DPS’s own or the Merchant’s bank and to process the payment. Some details from the transaction (such as name, email and delivery address) may be made available to the Merchant or Acquirer through Payline – DPS web based transactions management system, which allows Merchants to track transactions and process refunds.


DPS is committed to data security. DPS uses a variety of technologies and procedures to help protect personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, DPS stores the data in computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities secured by the latest in surveillance and security technology. When DPS transmits sensitive information (such as a credit card numbers), DPS protects it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Credit card details stored onsite are encrypted using 168bit 3DES encryption. DPS is a level 1 certified PCI-DSS compliant provider:


PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a set of security requirements relating to the protection of card holder data. The standard is governed by the PCI Security Standards Council, an organisation put together by most of the major card schemes VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and Discover. It’s relevant for any entity that stores or transmits sensitive card holder data, that being generally things like the PAN (card number), Card security code, track data, PIN block. The current version of the standard is Version 1.2. Preceding PCI-DSS the card schemes had their own standards, the VISA Account Information Security (AIS) standard formed the basis to most of the PCI-DSS requirements.”

This policy was last modified on 14/03/17



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To book a table at Poderi Crisci, simply complete the form on the right. Our online booking system will check availability and confirm your reservation instantly. If you would like to request a specific table or area, please note this in our comments box.

If there is no option for the time you would like or for larger parties, please telephone Tel:+64 9 372 2148 to make your reservation.
We look foward to seeing you at Poderi Crisci, Waiheke





09 372 2148

A visit to Poderi Crisci is an experience that starts with the journey. A chance to enjoy some of the finest scenery Waiheke has to offer over rolling hillsides and picturesque valleys. A journey worthy of the destination.

There are various options to get to Poderi Crisci. Island Taxis and Ananda Tours will be happy to meet your party at the ferry terminal and offer great rates to Poderi Crisci guests. Alternatively, and providing there is a sober driver, Waiheke Auto Rentals provide great deals on rental cars. We also provide a landing pad so you can arrive in style via helicopter.




Book here with Waiheke Island Shuttles and ToursFor comfortable and effecient transport for Poderi Crisci guests from anywhere on Waiheke Island.

The following provide discounted services to Poderi Crisci for small and larger groups.

ISLAND TAXIS +64 9 372 4111
ANANDA TOURS +64 9 372 7530
EXECUTIVE TRANSPORT, Mike Ph 0800 372 200, info@waiheketransport.co.nz
HELETRANZ +64 9 415 3550 info@heletranz.co.nz http://www.heletranz.co.nz/poderi-crisci.html

TOP TIP; Avoid ‘Waiheke Independent Taxis’. They will charge you twice as much as other operators on the island.



All services meet our guests at the Ferry Terminal.





From December 2016 – Easter 2017

Monday to Thursday 12pm to 5pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm to 10pm
Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm

Please note we operate different menu options at different times of the day and week.

Monday to Saturday lunch bookings; a la carte menu or the ‘Fiducia Dello Chef’ Trust the Chef menu at $75pp excluding beverages.

Sunday lunch bookings; Our acclaimed Sunday Long Lunch. Lunch begins around 12.30 and runs through till approximately 4.30pm. The menu changes weekly $75pp excluding beverages. Other menu options are not available on Sunday.

Friday & Saturday dinner bookings; In the evening we run a 9 course Degustation Dinner for $85 per person excluding beverages. No a la Carte option.

Entering a long, hot summer.

Summer is the most popular time on our Island Paradise. We advise booking well in advance. Due to the intimate size of the restaurant, we do tend to book out early.

Due to the extremely popular long lunch, we now host a Long Lunch style menu every day Monday – Saturday in conjunction with our A la Carte menu. If you can’t make it on a Sunday you can still enjoy the Long Lunch experience that is synonymous with Poderi Crisci.



Note: On public holidays a 15% surcharge will apply. Bookings are essential for the Sunday ‘Long Lunch’ and the degustation dinner.

















Welcome – benvenuto – to the launch of the Poderi Crisci Membership Club ‘En Primeur’.

Antonio Crisci and the team have designed the perfect way for you to become part of the Poderi Crisci family. As the famous credit card tagline said, membership has its privileges, beginning with an invitation to you and your partner at the opening of our amazing new venue La Locanda at Poderi Crisci, Waiheke Island.

La Locanda has been specifically created and designed as a venue for exclusive events such as hosting new vintage tastings and private aperitivo evenings all focussed on ‘En Primeur’ members.


‘En Primeur Collezione’ of 24 bottles of pre-release wines

An invitation to our harvest, dining privileges and exclusive members aperitivo evenings

Members first event invitations to NSP and Poderi including Masterclass cooking classes.

En Primeur membership would be a fantastic gift – anytime – for your partner (or friends) as a gift you could all enjoy together.
For only $1000 per annum, En Primeur is an exclusive membership, therefore numbers are limited. We hope you will be one of the first to become a member and we look forward to seeing you at the launch of La Locanda.

Follow the link to sign up now;

Poderi Crisci Membership







Due to the genuine boutique nature of the vineyard, a select amount of wine is bottled prior to public release. This is a great opportunity to build your cellar and create a collection that allows you to savour our skillful winemakers craft and the subtle uniquenesses from vintage to vintage.

This unique ‘En Primeur Collezione’ of 24 bottles is delivered in carefully packed wooden boxes, with a detailed description of the harvest, wine making techniques and winemakers notes for each wine.

You will be invited to join us for the harvest – including grape stomping if you wish – to have a full understanding the craft that goes into Poderi Crisci wines.
As a member you will also have the opportunity to create your own personalized label* as if owning a small part of the Poderi Crisci family.

*A fee will apply



Normally everyone feels like a special guest when they experience Poderi Crisci, but membership of ‘En Primeur’ entitles you and your guests to a few extra touches.

– A complimentary bottle of Ombra Sparkling Rose, for bookings of six or more at Poderi Crisci.

– An arrival drink for any booking of four or more enjoying the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu.

– San Pellegrino sparkling water and coffee or tea to finish for you and your guests on any Degustation and matching wine Menu.

– Book a table for 10 for the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu and pay only for nine.

-Wine tasting and aperitivo at La Locanda on Thursday afternoons.





From July to September members can, whilst dining, exclusively enjoy Poderi Crisci wines at the cellar door rate – a discount of 50%. Or purchase a case and enjoy two bottles at the table and take 10 home.

For members signing up during this period of the launch, we have introduced a special offer on the taxi fare.

As a member you will be emailed with ‘En Primeur’ preferential booking offers before we have any special events at Poderi Crisci or NSP such as our annual ‘Live Opera Night’, wine tastings,‘Masterclass’ cooking classes and charity lunches. These events tend to book out so we will invite you one week prior.

You will also receive a bi-annual newsletter and mobile notifications highlighting those events plus farmers markets and members only offers.













Become an ‘En Primeur’ member and receive the ‘24 bottle collezione*’ of our wine – and more – for only $1000 a year. Have the fee charged to your credit card annually and you’ll not need to worry about re-stocking your cellar for any occasion. Any additional wine orders can be made be at members special rates.

*The varietals and vintages on offer this year:
2 bottles of Viburno 2012
2 bottles of Viburno 2013
2 bottles of Riserva 2012
2 bottles of Riserva 2013
2 bottles of Montepulciano 2014
2 bottles of Syrah 2014
3 bottles of Chardonnay 2015
3 bottles of Pinot Grigio 2016
2 bottles of Arneis 2016
2 bottles of Rose 2016
2 bottles of Ombra 2016
Normally a total cellar price value of over $1200, in addition to the privileges already mentioned.

To be a part of this extraordinary membership is simple, go to podercrisci.co.nz and click on the link to sign up. But be quick and be in first as space is limited and the ‘Locanda’ offer will not always be available.

Warm wishes from Antonio Crisci and the team at Poderi Crisci.


*Benefits and offers can change at any time.
Membership can be unsubscribed at anytime after the first year, if you decide you no longer wish to be a member.

Follow the link to join now;

Poderi Crisci Membership



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