Georges Road Wines

Monday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

625 Mount Brown Road, RD2, Waipara

021 121 8669

If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara. A small estate with some self proclaimed ‘big wines’ Georges Road is a great example of what makes our backyard wine growing region so unique.

Head winemaker and owner, Kirk Bray, takes an intentional, small scale approach and is genuinely involved in every step of the process. It’s not unusual to find him bottling wines or riding around the property on a tractor taking care of all the little things that go into a great pour.

After getting his winemaking degree from Lincoln University, Kirk worked in wine around the world in places like Germany and California. In the early 2000s he and his family started the vineyard from scratch and have been travelling onwards and upwards with award winning wines ever since. The grape to glass experience they have created is one you simply need to try for yourself.

Turn off State Highway 1 onto, you guessed it, Georges Road and you’ll quickly be surrounded by world class rows. Head straight to the tasting room to sip and learn. It’s not often that the ultimate translator and winemaker leads tastings but here Kirk will guide you through the different glasses himself. The barrel area is also open to visitors and is available for event hire. Keep an eye out for food offerings in the future.

If you enjoy the Syrah, as many do, you’ll find two whole hectares of those grapes outside amongst other varieties. Leave plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful piece of land, too, which offers sweeping views of the limestone hills that make these wines possible.

Plenty of Cantabrians love a big day out at the Waipara wineries. So if that’s you, great. Plan an entire day or weekend around your visit to Georges Road Wines. They’ve got a one-of-a-kind Wine Pod on site so you can even spend the night. An expertly designed tiny house, the Wine Pod is a haven for anyone who wants to get away. Furnished with plush linens, big windows and an outdoor, cedar spa bath the pod is tucked away into the landscape for complete privacy.

If you’re not the type to plan ahead, that’s ok too. Here you really can just drop in for a tasting and a first hand look at what’s happening on this lively, family run winery.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

625 Mount Brown Road, RD2, Waipara

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