Contact Us

  • Email:
  • Phone: +64 3428 2572

About is the international online store of The Winery. The Winery is a specialist New Zealand wine experience with stores located at the gateway to the Central Otago wine region in both Queenstown and Arrowtown, New Zealand. specialises in delivering the New Zealand wines we sell to our customers around the world.

See our Liquor Licence

If you have any questions or enquiries, we are open between 10am and 9pm (New Zealand time).

Skip to main content

Canterbury / Waipara

Relative newcomers, Canterbury and Waipara are now producing some stunning wines, all just a short drive outside Christchurch.

Sheltered by the Southern Alps in the West, the region experiences warm, long sunshine hour days in the summertime.  Due to the low-lying flat plains, strong winds can sometimes be an issue; so many vineyards plant trees as windbreaks.

The soil here is important; it has similar chalky limestone deposits to Waitaki further south, and this soil has great affinity with Pinot Noir especially. The high calcium carbonate alluvial content gives the Waipara river a distinctive milky complexion. ‘Waipara’ in Te Reo Maori actually translates as ‘sediment’ or ‘muddy water’ also giving the name to the eponymous winery in the region.

The quality of the wines here is outstanding when compared to the prices you pay for the bottles. It’s perhaps one of New Zealand wine’s best kept secrets. Bob Campbell MW calls Waipara, ‘one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry.’   So grab yourself a bargain before the secret gets out.