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The 7 Best Wineries in North Canterbury

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The Seven Best Wineries in North Canterbury

It’s a badly kept secret that North Canterbury Wine Region has some of the best wineries in New Zealand.

International and domestic awards continue to pour in for Waipara’s vineyards, from the likes of Air New Zealand, New World, Cuisine Magazine and more.

If you’re yet to visit the cellar doors of Waipara, grab a crew and explore these top vineyards within an hour of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Hurunui Pegasus Bay Winery

Pegasus Bay Winery

One of the North Canterbury’s most iconic vineyards, start your tasting experience in the cellar at Pegasus Bay. Soak up the heart of the winery beside aging wine, and fall in love with the science and art of wine making. Family owned and operated, the manicured gardens, terracotta castle, ponds and footbridges will transport you to another place and time.

Good for:

  • Courtyard
  • Casual
  • Private Events
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Greystone Winery Courtyard With Barrels
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Greystone Wines

Greystone’s exceptional, hand-crafted, organic vintages show the connection between bottle and backyard. One of the first wineries to succeed with natural ferments, they are innovative to the highest degree. The team is genuinely committed to protecting their eco-system, composting their grape skins, and building their menu on local foraged ingredients. They recently claimed the ‘best in the world’ award for one of their Pinot Noirs.

Good for:

  • Courtyard
  • Casual
  • Organic
  • Dining
  • Wine Club
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Black Estate

Black Estate

With its striking architecture, organic wines and refreshing approach to food, Black Estate is a must-visit. Their menu is so local you can often see the farm from the restaurant. Seasonal lunches are complemented by their award-winning wines. For something special, treat yourself to a Pét-nat, a wine that honours traditional sparkling wine. Think light, natural and fizzy all over. A delight for a sunny afternoon.

Good for:

  • Casual
  • Courtyard
  • Organic
  • Dining
  • Wine Club
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Hurunui Waipara Wine Lunch

Waipara Hills

Driving North on SH1 from Christchurch, Waipara Hills rises proudly over the plains. The picturesque sandstone building beckons travellers in. Enjoy a deconstructed platter in the courtyard with views for miles. Enjoy a tasting at their cellar door (bookings recommended) and learn more about their impressive vintages. Waipara Hills regularly produces some of New Zealand’s top wines, named champions every year since 2014.

Good for:

  • Courtyard
  • Casual
  • Dining
  • Private events
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The Terrace Edge Tasting Room
Credit: Nancy Zhou

The Terrace Edge

Rolling hills, lush grass and endless vine views, Terrace Edge if your ideal afternoon destination. Elegant yet simple, with polished concrete floors, white walls and scandi-esque fixtures. Their tasting shed resembles a friend’s lounge whose style you envy. Sample award-winning organic pinot noir, syrah and rose, enjoy home-grown olives and oils. Peckish? Tuck into gourmet toasties of sticky pork, braised beef or a variety of other combos.

Good for:

  • Courtyard
  • Casual
  • Organic
  • Wine Club
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Hurunui Waipara Vineyard Couple Walking

Torlesse Wines

Torlesse Winery started life as a farm woolshed, converted in 1987. Their cellar door has the rustic-charm you’d expect from an old woolshed, with grapevines draped over the entrance. Torlesse prides itself on hand-crafted wines – be sure to check out their award-winning Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re just beginning your day, hire one of their bikes to get around a few more Waipara wineries.

Good for:

  • Casual
  • Bike hire
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Georges Road Wines Tasting Experience
Credit: Nancy Zhou

Georges Road Wines

Want to really get close to Waipara wines? Head to Georges Road Winery. You’ll be treated to tastings hosted by Kirk Bray, head winemaker and owner. His winemaking is intentional and small-scale, creating unique and unmissable wines. Kirk guides visitors through the glasses, surrounded by barrels nursing his next vintage. If you plan on sinking a few glasses, you can always book out their amazing on-site tiny house.

Good for:

  • Casual
  • Private events
  • Tiny house
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Put together with the help of our friends at Neat Places and the Young Adventuress.

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