Neat Waipara Valley wineries to check out

Arguably New Zealand’s most exciting wine region right now, Waipara is brimming with vineyards big and small, each with their own unique neat elements and each producing outstanding wine.

Three people drinking wine at Terrace Edge winery in Waipara, North Canterbury.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

Take a day trip to this neck of the woods and check out some of our favourite Waipara Valley wineries.

Two women dining outside the entrance to Black Estate.

Black Estate

614 Omihi Road, Waipara
Christchurch & Canterbury

A winery, tasting room and restaurant, Black Estate is famous not only for its organic and biodynamic wines but its refreshing approach to food. Locally sourced and organic produce gets turned into seasonal lunches every day of the week at this Waipara eatery and this food pairs perfectly with the beautiful wine. Family owned and run, expect excellent, warm and welcoming service and memorable food and wine. While you’re there, check out their cool little shop selling everything from cookbooks and tea towels to Chemex coffee makers and handmade soaps.

Close up of a platter on an outdoor table at Greystone Wines Waiapra, North Canterbury.

Greystone Wines

376 Omihi Road, Waipara
Christchurch & Canterbury

It’s one thing to talk the talk about good food and wine and another thing to walk that talk. But when it comes to Greystone Wines’ talk: organic, hand-crafted, exceptional wines and a true passion for their land, they’re doing a heck of a lot of walking. Greystone Wines is an organic winery committed to producing beautiful wine which honours the land it was grown from. Winemaker Dom Maxwell has been with Greystone from day one and in 2018 he was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the year by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine – an accolade that sits among dozens of others awarded to the winery.

The building exterior of Pegasus Bay winery and restaurant in North Canterbury.

Pegasus Bay

Stockgrove Road, Glasnevin
Christchurch & Canterbury

Widely believed to be the region’s leading producer of wine, Pegasus Bay is a true gem in the North Canterbury crown and an extremely memorable place to visit. Entirely family owned and operated, the beautiful winery and restaurant are a reflection of the passion and energy the Donaldson family have poured into the Pegasus Bay empire. The building and gardens here are stunning so make sure you allow yourself time for a wander around the striking castle–like terracotta building and perfectly manicured gardens full of beautiful trees, flowers, ponds and red footbridges.

A bottle of Boneline wine sitting on a wine barrel.

The Boneline

376 Ram Paddock Rd, Broomfield

Starting in 2013, The Boneline is relatively new to the North Canterbury wine scene. Though that’s not to say it’s without an established history. The Boneline originated from Waipara West, a range of wines produced from the same vineyard, that were more targeted at Australian and international markets than they were the New Zealand market. These days, The Bone Line is a New Zealand favourite and makes delicious wine from grapes that are 100 percent grown on their own vineyard. Alongside their beautiful wine, The Bone Line has this year opened a walkway through their vineyard – keep an eye on their social media or give them a call to find out when the walk is open.

The building entrance of Terrace Edge Waipara North Canterbury.

Terrace Edge Wines

328 Georges Rd, RD2, Waipara
Christchurch & Canterbury

With rolling North Canterbury hills in the background, rows of grapevines in the fore and a glass of wine in your hand - Terrace Edge is the classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for. Sample the award-winning varietals from pinot noir, syrah and rose to riesling and sauvignon blanc, as well as Terrace Edge’s own brand olives and pressed olive oils. A gourmet toastie menu, featuring braised beef, sticky pork and other changing combinations on ciabatta bread, is also on offer. It’s easy to imagine how many afternoons can be whiled away at this vineyard and cellar door.