Earthquake 14 November

We luckily had no damage in the recent quakes and are open for business. Our thoughts go to those who have experienced loss and hardship.

Canterbury A&P Show – New Zealand Aromatic Competition

Judging for the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition also took place on October 15 and 16.

Chairman of judges Terry Copeland agreed that the winemaking style was evident in the wines on show.

Mr Copeland said that from over 316 entries, 27 gold medals were awarded and judges were impressed with the diversity of the wines.

“We found that there was a greater diversity of style this year – we rewarded a lot more types of wines than ever before. It was great to see a huge variety of vintages as well which means we’re  starting to see longevity in aromatic style – this can only be a good thing for the industry and the consumer.”

Other trophy winners were: Champion Riesling – TOHU Single Vineyard Riesling 2015, Champion Canterbury Wine – Waipara River Estate Riesling SVR 2012, Champion Sauvignon Blanc – Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Champion Pinot Gris – Baby Doll Pinot Gris 2016, Champion Gewürztraminer – 2016 Hunters Gewürztraminer, Champion Rosé – Matawhero Pinot Rosé 2016 and Champion Other Aromatic – Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Gruner Vetliner 2015.

The judging panel consisted of: Terry Copeland (Chairman of Judges), Sam Kim, Jim Harre, Kate Radburnd, Petter Evans, Jane Boyle, Jane Cooper and Paul Harre (Associate Judge).

Twenty-seven gold, 73 silver and 123 bronze medals were awarded. All winning wines will be on display in the new Food and Wine Village at the 2016 Canterbury A&P Show from 9 to 11 November at ASB Agricultural Park. Full results are available online at:

IWSC Silver Award

We are proud to announce that in the International Wine and Spirit Competition ( IWSC) held in London our Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013 has won a Silver award in this prestigious competition.


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Success at Canterbury Wine Awards



Winner of the Champion Wine Award for Wines of Canterbury 2016

Wines of Canterbury are delighted to announce the winner of the Champion Trophy for the 2016 Canterbury Wine Awards as the Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013.

The award was collected by estate owner Michael Peters at the David Jackson Dinner on 18 May. Peter’s said he was “absolutely delighted to take away the champion trophy, in par cular as the wine came from the oldest vineyard in the Waipara Valley – a bou que family opera on”. Waipara River Estate is a 4Ha family owned vineyard by Michael and his partner Tina Beasley. They produce Rieslings, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet/Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate is home to the oldest vines in the Waipara region having been planted in early 1981. The estate’s wines are available through their website or by calling Linda de Vine on 021 483 112.

IMG_0014The chair of the judging panel, Jo Burzynska (Wine Educator and Wine Editor of Viva) said “This was one of the strongest years so far at the compe on, with a really impressive line-up of entries in most categories and a number of names new to the show winning top awards. The Riesling class was again one of the highlights, and perhaps not surprisingly yielded the Champion wine of the show; the highly impressive first- me entry, Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013.” Jo was joined on the judging panel by Kirsten Creasy, Winemaker and Oenologist with Hill Laboratories, and local chef and Restaurateur, Jonny Schwass (Mrs Hucks, Harlequin Public House).

For further comment please contact: Michael Peters of Waipara River Estate on 027-566-0033

Wines of Canterbury coordinates the Canterbury Wine Awards which is now in their fi h year. The awards are open to all wines grown in the Canterbury region – Waitaki River in the south to the Conway River in the north. Since the awards began 253 wines have been awarded medals. This year’s results saw 9 Golds, 19 Silver and 34 Bronze medals.


Air New Zealand Wine Awards

We are delighted that both our 2013 Pinot Noir & 2014 Pinot Gris won Pure Bronze.

Success at NZ National Bragato Awards 2015

We are thrilled that our 2013 Gewurtzraminer has won a PURE GOLD Award. Stocks are VERY limited. Price $28 per bottle. Buy now before it runs out.

And our 2013 Late Harvest Noble Riesling won a Pure Silver Award. Limited Stock. Price $28 per per 375ml bottle. Buy now to avoid disappointment.

Wine Awards

We are delighted that our first vintage, Waipara River Estate, 2009 Riesling won a Gold in New World Wine awards 2012, a Silver Bragato award – in the 2010 New Zealand Winegrowers national competition. and Bronze in the Air New Zealand awards. Now SOLD OUT, but try our 2010 Riesling, a little drier but a lovely soft, fruity riesling.

The Waipara River Estate, 2009 Pinot Noir was awarded Bronze in 2012 New World Wine awards, but has also sold out. Try the Waipara River Estate SVR 2010 Pinot Noir2010 – we think its even better than the 09!

Now available for marquee venue hire.

We now offer our vineyard as a location for weddings and other celebrations. For more information, refer to our Weddings and Functions page.