Giles takes small groups (Max 6) on tours around Christchurch and Canterbury. A lifetime in the wine business means that wine tours are his specialty. His Waipara Wine Experience has garnered hundreds of positive reviews since it started in 2016.
THE WAIPARA WINE EXPERIENCE
What to Expect
Indulge in a day of wine tasting in the Waipara wine area, renowned for its warm, dry climate and limestone-rich soils — ideal for growing the premium quality grapes that produce some of New Zealand’s most distinctive wine.
Following pickup from central Christchurch, your guide takes you on a 50-minute drive to Waipara. Visit cellars and tasting rooms during guided tours of four boutique vineyards in North Canterbury, and sample a distinctive selection of classic varietals (see below) and enjoy a lunch of a fresh, seasonal platter that pairs well with your wine before drop-off back in Christchurch.
Pegasus Bay Winery: discover sustainable viticulture used to bring out the complex flavours and fruit character of the wines, featuring world renowned dessert wines and elegant Pinot Noirs.
Torlesse Wines: Two ranges produced from 4 vineyard sites including the Winery Block and the Mackenzie Vineyards. Varieties include Gewurztraminer, Albarino and 10 year old Tawny.
Greystone Wine: North Canterbury's most awarded winery. Varieties include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Giles’ favourite Chardonnay – also taste the wines from the adjacent Muddy Water Winery
Terrace Edge – A dramatic landscape captured in liquid form. A truly boutique winery cellar door – taste the award-winning wines including St Laurent, Syrah and Liquid Geography Riesling. NZ Organic Vineyard of the Year 2018 and 2021.
Departure Point - Tour departs from a pre-arranged central Christchurch pick-up point at 10.30am.
Duration - Allow 6 hours with lunch
Return Details - Returns to original departure point – unless otherwise arranged at about 4.00pm.
Pickup and drop-off
Explore four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards/wineries.
Shared tours have a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run.
Subject to availability – tours run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Gratuities not included
Food and all tastings are included, unless specified.
Wineries may change on the day, due to circumstances beyond our control.
GILES TOURS REVIEWS
“Birthday wine tour"
"Booking with Giles was a simple experience and he was adaptable in terms of pick ups and drop offs which was fantastic. Giles has an extensive knowledge of the wines of the region and wine in general which he was enthusiastic (but not pushy) about sharing. He was more than happy to jump in with tasting notes, helpful tips and personal favorites. We visited Pegasus Bay, Greystone, Torlesse and Terrace Edge wineries. Each place had a lot to offer and there were plenty of tastings! This tour truly exceeded all expectations and would have to be the best wine tour in terms of both value and experience that I've ever taken. Thank you Giles, I wouldn't hesitate to book this tour again, what an amazing experience!”
Michelle Mabel - Aug 2020
After a lifetime in the wine industry Giles now takes small groups of wine enthusiasts on guided tours of the vineyards and wineries around Christchurch.
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