Best known for exquisitely spicy and rich Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, the region has a great reputation for other aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Now is your chance to experience the distinctively different shape, structure and architecture of our premium wines in the place they are created.
Christchurch neurologist Ivan Donaldson planted Canterbury’s first vineyard at Pegasus Bay almost thirty years ago and now Canterbury is the country’s fifth largest wine-growing region. From humble beginnings as an amateur winemaker, the family business has grown and now employs three of Ivan and Chris Donaldson’s four sons. The Waipara Valley vineyard produces Riesling, Pinot noir, chardonnay and other varieties. There’s an award-winning restaurant on-site too.
One of the sons, Ed Donaldson is a trained chef and he’s along with some recipes from Pegasus Bay restaurant. He’s been instrumental in a book which tells the family’s story, The Vintner’s Table – Stories, wine and recipes from Pegasus Bay Winery.
After a winery visit to Waipara Valley Tig Chandler adds to the growing global awareness that this small wine region in North Canterbury produces a wide range of very high quality wines.
Waipara Valley Pinot Noirs gain 3 of the 8 Gold Medals and the Champion Red Wine of the 2014 New World Wine Awards.
Greystone’s Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013 was the Champion Red Wine , adding to a long list of recent awards being proudly accumulated by the team at Greystone.
The other 2 golds were won by:
Sherwood Estate Signature Family Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2103
Main Divide Pinot Noir 2013
The continuing ability of Waipara Valley Pinot Noirs to win significant local and international awards is testament to the micro-climate, the soils and the winemaking skills concentrated in the North Canterbury region.
It’s Spring… and you are cordially invited to “Taste Waipara Valley”, a boutique Spring Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Event at the Mashina Lounge Christchurch Casino on Tues 2nd September 2014.
Open to the public 6pm – 9pm
Tickets $25. Book Online TODAY! www.tastewaipara.co.nz
“Taste Waipara Valley” showcases over 20 Waipara Valley and North Canterbury wineries and olive oil producers. It is a great opportunity to sample many of the award winning wines from small, boutique vineyards, through to our most prestigious labels. Keep up to date and try the latest wines and talk one-on-one with the winemakers and owners.
If you thought great New Zealand pinot noir only poured out of Central Otago, then here’s a nugget of knowledge for you. Waipara is fast becoming where it’s at… (read article)