Waipara West

It took faith and vision - way back in 1989 - to transform this rabbit-infested sheep farm into the award-winning winery loved today.

Location

Waipara

About the winery

Waipara West, although geographically correct, is named after the local weather station. It is further inland and higher than other Waipara vineyards making it hotter and less prone to the dreaded frost. The 400-acre farm is blessed with natural amphitheatre-style terraces, sloping down to the flowing Waipara River some 7-miles from the Pacific Ocean and within the foothills of the Southern Alps. The diversity of ancient soils, climate and vines is savoured in every bottle.

Learn more about Waipara West and their facilities at:

http://www.waiparawest.com

Location

Waipara

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday:11:00 - 16:00

Saturday:11:00 - 16:00

Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

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Cellar door / shop
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Accommodation
No
Tastings
No
Tours
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Restaurant
No
Events / Weddings
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Languages
Children friendly
Yes
Disabled access
Yes
Region
Waipara
Country
New Zealand
Wines produced

Waipara West Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay N Block (unoaked), Chardonnay, Riesling Dry, Riesling ‘Hell Block,’ Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Late Harvest Riesling dessert wine. Ram Paddock Red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend),

Grape varieties

Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Location

Waipara

History & Geography

Family-owned Waipara West was one of the pioneers of the region’s wine industry - being one of the first to plant grapes in 1989. Only after purchasing the land did the Tutton family realise it had belonged to their ancestors some 100 years earlier. The vineyard is home to some of New Zealand’s interesting soils created in part by the giant marine creatures that roamed around the ancient sea bed. The flightless Moa bird’s bones, containing vital phosphorous continues to nourish our soils and vines today. The vine blocks differ in height and aspect with the river terraces being partially encompassed by cliffs. The amphitheatres allow a wide range of varietals to thrive, creating incredibly diverse flavours. We do not use insecticides, residual herbicides or artificial fertiliser and are continually extending our land’s areas of native bush.

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