Located on the east of New Zealand’s South Island where the snow-capped Southern Alps tumble down to meet grassy plains, out to the Pacific Coast, Canterbury is an internationally renowned destination for wine and food.
Spanning nearly 200kms of the South Island’s eastern coastline, vineyards were first established on the Canterbury Plains in 1978. Today, more than 90 vineyards are planted across the greater region, including the Canterbury Plains west of Christchurch, and just north in the partially sheltered Waipara Valley region.
Highly varied soil types from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the clay and limestone soils of Waipara, coupled with a cool, dry climate and lots of sunshine, set the scene for the intense flavours, richness and complex fruit found in Canterbury wines.
Along with expressive Aromatic varieties, boutique producers are crafting internationally acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.