The Cheese & Wine Experience

79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay

If you love food, wine & especially cheese then this is an unmissable, unique experience.

You will meet up with me, Juliet Harbutt, world expert and international cheese judge at my home, above Black Barn winery, where you will taste your way through some of Hawke’s Bays’ finest wines, best beers or newest ciders matched with some exceptional New Zealand artisan cheese.

Accompanied by Ya Bon bread, edible wildflowers from my garden and seasonal fruit & vegetables, this is a degustation you won’t want to end. Hilarious, illuminating and sometimes even life changing. In a career spanning more than 3 decades my mission is to convert non-believers and wine buffs into cheese addicts. So for a truly unique experience and maybe the first step to become a cheese expert, call or email me now.

  • Each tasting is private, just for you there are no scheduled tastings and are Covid compliant
  • You will need to make your own way to my home above Black Barn winery (address provided once booked)
  • 2 - 18 people [or up to 150 at another venue]
  • The experience takes 2.5 - 3 hours so ideally 1100 -1400 lunch or light supper 1700 -2000
  • Minimum 18 hours notice, preferably more than 3 days

PRICE: $245 for 2 people; $85 for each additional person.  $115 for lunch or supper 9 – 19 people 

Ideal for foodies, tourists, Corporate Entertainment, Team Building or Private Parties


Hawke's Bay Wine Tour (4 hours)

In 1984 Juliet created “Jeroboams the Wine & Cheese Company in London featuring over 200 raw milk, artisan cheeses and over 300 wines from Europe and the New WorldSince moving to Hawke’s Bay in 2016 she has sought out the very best wines to ensure guests taste a wide, eclectic mix of wines typically 4 wineries including Black Barn and Trinity Hill, that highlight the character and depth of Hawkes Bay wines.  Lunch at Juliet’s home or at a winery en route. 

 1-4 people: $750 for 2 people plus $155 each additional person.  From 5-11 people: $265 per person


Do it yourself - Cheese and Wine Tasting

Why not entertain yourself and friends in the comfort of your own home, Airbnb,or hotel with a DIY Cheese & Wine Tasting Kit. Simply collect your kit from the Black Barn Kitchen Shop, buy 2 bottles of wine you like [cider included] light the fire or put up the parasols and discover the good, the bad, and amazing results of matching cheese with wineThe kit contains: 

  • 6 delicious artisan New Zealand cheese [approximately 100-120gm pp] 

  • Delicious new seasons Hawke’s Bay apple 

  • Biscuits & Chutney to finish off the cheese – not to be used in the tasting. 

  • Instructions from the Grand Master [Juliet] 

  • Tasting Mat to lay out the cheese in the right order 

  • Booklet to record your tasting notes, thoughts & observations 

  • A quiz to decide who is the cheese expert in your group! 

Pick up your DIY Tasting pack and wine from Black Barn Winery 

$110.00 for 6 – 8 people 


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17 people

Tour Duration

3 Hours

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