DAYLIGHT SAVINGS HAS ARRIVED IN SYDNEY AND SO TOO HAS STONELEIGH METRO

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Each October, Sydneysiders turn their clocks forward an hour to welcome the start of Daylight Savings. There is something electric in the air when this subtle change in time happens. Whatever it is, it usually means my week days are jam packed with plans - dinners in Surry Hills with friends, sunset swims at Icebergs Pool in Bondi, moonlit walks along the coast, picnics on the rocks at Gordon’s Bay and late night nudie swims at Little Manly Beach. But there is a new kid in town for those who like a little Daylight Savings après work festivities. Let me introduce you to Stoneleigh Metro in Hyde Park. Yes, the vineyards in New Zealand have come to play in Sydney over summer.

Grown on an ancient riverbed in very stony Marlborough soils, the stones at the surface absorb the suns heat during the day and release it during the cool nights, which ripen the world famous grapes. This natural occurrence gives Stoneleigh wines a distinct, vibrant characteristic and therefore makes it a popular choice amongst wine lovers in Australia.

Understanding that not everyone can jump on a plane to visit Marlborough, Stoneleigh have decided to bring the vineyard to the lush Metro pop up bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Open to everyone to enjoy, you can relax in the bar surrounded by a white picket fence and an abundance of lush, green vines.

Stoneleigh Metro also has a Cellar Door Experience where wine aficionados can book a tasting during the cellar door hours. Offering a chance to learn more about Stoneleigh, the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand and the wonder of nature that creates the distinctive wines. There are three experiences to suit varying budgets and time constraints:

The Stoneleigh Marlborough Range For $10, make your way through tasting sizes of the four wines in the Stoneleigh Marlborough range. Cellar experience takes 10 to 15 minutes.

The Stoneleigh Marlborough Rapaura Series For $12, the single vineyard range is crafted to deliver the absolute best of Marlborough with three tasting sized serves. Cellar experience takes 10 to 15 minutes.

The Deluxe Tasting For $20, enjoy Stoneleigh’s three tasting sizes of Marlborough Rapaura Series wines and Marlborough Chardonnay, which have been expertly matched to four canapés with a New Zealand twist. Cellar experience takes 20 to 25 minutes.

An oasis in the heart of the city, Stoneleigh enlisted renowned Belle design editor Steve Cordony to create the relaxed and beautiful destination where you can discover and enjoy the wines on offer. In addition, the Metro chefs and wine experts have created menu options to match the Stoneleigh wines on offer, and every Thursday and Friday night Stoneleigh Metro will feature a roster live acoustic musicians to bring the celebration into full swing.

WIN WIN WIN You didn’t think you would leave Stoneleigh Metro empty handed did you? For your chance to win a case of Stoneleigh wine (6 x 750ml), upload a photo of yourself enjoying Stoneleigh Metro using the hashtag #stoneleighmetro. Each week the most creative image will be selected as the winner.

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