History & Geography
Waipara Springs Estate is a family owned business in its 3rd generation. Our wines have been enjoyed both in New Zealand and internationally since the winery opened in 1989. The vineyard of 26 hectares is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. The soil type at Waipara Springs is ideally suited to quality grape production having high levels of limestone from the surrounding foothills, which results in high levels of PH in the soil. Waipara Springs Vineyard has a terroir that renders wines totally unique. Derived from a prehistoric lakebed at the centre of the Waipara Valley floor, the vineyard soils are a rich blend of clay and limestone. Waipara Valley is fortunate to possess its very own microclimate. With vines sheltered by the Teviot hills from the prevailing cool easterly winds. High midsummer heat, combined with relatively low rainfall during the growing season and long warm days and cold nights during harvest.
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