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 Our Wine Tour 

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.


The wineries:

 

  • 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 Port.

  • Greystone Wine: Varieties include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Giles’ favourite Riesling – also taste the wines from the adjacent Muddy Water Wines

  • Terrace Edge – A dramatic landscape captured in liquid form. A truly boutique winery cellar door run by co-owner Jill Chapman – taste the award-winning wines including St Laurent, Syrah and liquid Geography Riesling.


Important Information


Departure Point - Tour departs from a pre-arranged central Christchurch pick-up point at 10.30am.


Duration - Allow 5 ½ hours with lunch


Return Details - Returns to original departure point – unless otherwise arranged at about 4.00pm.


Inclusions

  • Wine tastings

  • Lunch platter

  • All transport

  • Pickup and drop-off

  • Knowledgeable guide

  • Explore four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards/wineries.


Conditions

  • Minimum of 4 people for the trip to run.

  • Must be booked and used within 3 months of purchase.

  • Subject to availability – tours run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Gratuities not included

  • Food and drinks not included, unless specified.

  • Wineries may change on the day, due to circumstances beyond our control.

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