Top 6 Winery Experiences in Christchurch
Located on the east of New Zealand’s South Island and bordering Christchurch city, North Canterbury is an internationally renowned destination for wine and food. The region is home to 90+ vineyards, most of them independently owned by a close-knit community of local families.
Featuring some of the country’s most diversified land formations, from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the clay and limestone soils of the Waipara and Waikari valleys, the region lends itself to highly varied and interesting soil types.
Concentrated and expressive wines are grown here; particularly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Best Wineries in Waipara Valley
Pop in for a wine tasting or sit down for dinner at the indoor and outdoor dining venue of the Pegasus Bay winery. Winning countless awards for their winery restaurant, Pegasus Bay is a go-to for a special occasion and a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
Try the Pegasus Bay Riesling, or the late-harvest Aria Dessert Wine.
Location: 263 Stockgrave Road
Take in expansive views of the Waipara Valley along with your tasting at the Black Estate. Enjoy wines from their organic vineyard paired with meals made from local seasonal and organic produce.
Location: 414 Omihi Road
Set amongst the vineyards in an attractive stone building, Waipara Hills is a must-stop for any wine-lover. Tour a functioning winery, experience a masterclass of wine tasting, and stay for lunch with a delicious platter in their bistro-style cafe.
Location: 780 Glasnevin Road
Waipara Springs Winery & Cafe
A staple of wines tours in the region, Waipara Springs Winery & Cafe has a great little winery cafe serving delectable platters. Pop into their Southern Boundary Wines Cellar Door to sample older vintages.
Location: State Highway 1, 5km north of Waipara Bridge
A great little winery based in Waipara Village, Torlesse Wines prides itself on hand-crafted wines, particularly its award-winning Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery offers tastings and has arts and crafts for sale, as well as bike hire for anyone wanting to work up a pre-wine thirst, or take a leisurely cruise around the grounds.
Location: Loffhagen Drive
Greystone Wines & Muddy Water
Two wineries share a tasting room at the Greystone Wines cellar door. Taste wines from Greystone Wines and Muddy Waters wineries while soaking up the views of their organic vineyards. This cellar door can be visited along the Hurunui Bike Trail, making it a great stop for refreshments if you’re already exploring the area.
Location: 376 Omihi Road
About the Waipara Valley
Only an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, Waipara wine region is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine regions with over 75 vineyards in the Waipara Valley covering more than 1,200 hectares of plantings.
A sub-region of the Canterbury wine region, Waipara is renowned for producing unique richer, spicier Pinot Noirs and Rieslings.
This terroir, combined with a long hot autumn, provides each vineyard with unique characters that contribute to a range of wine styles including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
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