North Canterbury

North Canterbury – Where the Southern Alps tumble down to meet extensive lowlands, boutique producers craft outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and fine aromatic wines.

The Canterbury wine region spans nearly 200km of the South Island’s eastern coastline, with the magnificent Alps to the west and the sweeping Pacific Ocean to the east.

The region has an excellent reputation for elegant and expressive Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and aromatics, with other varieties achieving outstanding results.

The cool, dry climate with high sunshine and a long growing season promotes full varietal expression.

Vineyards were first established on the Canterbury Plains in 1978, with plantings to the south-west of Christchurch and North Canterbury following close behind.

Today vines are planted from Waimate in the south, to Cheviot in the north, and include the micro-climates of Banks Peninsula and Waipara Valley. The latter has drawn critical acclaim for its sub-regional expression.

Exploration into new sub-regions forecasts exciting depth and diversity for the area’s future wine offerings.

“Canterbury’s stunning Waipara Valley region is one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry.” BOB CAMPBELL MW, 2004, AIR NZ INFLIGHT MAGAZINE

Source: New Zealand Winegrowers –

Wineries and Vineyards of The North Canterbury Region


15 Minute Bottles –

27 Seconds –

Akaroa Winery at Takamatua Valley Vineyards –

Alan McCorkindale –

Antills Wine –

Ataahua Wines –


Bain Road Wines –

Bellbird Spring –

Bell Hill Vineyard –

Black Estate –

Blackhouse –

Braided River Wines –

Bryterlater Wines –


Cabal Wine –

Canterbury Wine Growers Association –

Cross Hares –


Dallington Downs –

Darjon Vineyards –

Dancing Water Winery –

Darnley Corner –

Dunnolly Estates –


Fancrest Estate Limited –

Fiddlers Green Vineyard & Bistro –

Forager –

French Peak –


Georges Road Wines –

Greystone Wines –

Gumbo Family Wines –


Hanmer Springs Wine –

House of Ball –


Isolated Hill Wines –


Lighthouse Wines –


Main Divide –

Maui Wine –

McGeorge Wine –

Melton Estate –

Mischief –

Mon Cheval Wines –

Mount Brown –

Mountford Estate –

Mt Beautiful –


Omarino Wine Park –


Pegasus Bay –

Pyramid Valley –


Rossendale Wines –


Sherwood Estate –

Silver Wing Wines –

Small Theory Wines –

South Bank Waipara –

Straight 8 Estate –

Summerhill Heights –


Terrace Edge –

The Boneline –

The Crater Rim –

The Hermit Ram –

The Old Glenmark Vicarage –

The Third Man –

The Winemakers Wife –

Thousand Voices –

Tiki Wine –

Tongue in Groove –

Torlesse Wines –

Tussock Hill Vineyard –


Vita Wines –


Waipara Hills –

Waipara Springs –

Waipara West –

Whistling Buoy –

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