Wine Regions

Hover your mouse over the map to see the Pinot production regions and the winery within that region, or simply select the region from the list below. Click on the region or winery for more information.

We are thrilled to confirm the following wineries are part of Pinot Noir NZ 2021

Bell Hill Vineyard

http://www.bellhill.co.nz/

Established in 1997, situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, a previously unplanted area. This is a unique site with marine limestone derived soils, we have planted two hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at high density of up to 12,500 vines/ha. We seek to reflect the characteristics of our site and soil in the wines we make. Our vineyard management is very detailed, we consider this high level of manual labour as being crucial in achieving site potential.

Family owned, our three hillside vineyards lie on slopes at the top of the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury.

Nicholas and his team work with nature to build strong foundations, detail and quality. Our intention is for these special vineyards to sustain their own natural rhythms for generations to come.

The vineyards, Home, Damsteep and Netherwood are small and within 5km of the other with slopes of clay and various limestone soils. Our Pinot Noir is not made with additions, except for minimal sulphur at bottling and each wine is filtered or fined.

We’re certified with Biogro 5202 and use Biodynamic practices to create healthy places for our vines and people to grow.

Fancrest Estate

http://www.fancrest.com/

When the world’s house is on fire organics is just not enough. Rebuilding soil carbon is the driving force behind Di Holding’s work, both in the vineyard and out in the paddocks. The soil on the Estate hasn’t been disturbed for the better part of 15 years allowing our microscopic workers to do what they do best… build soil and sequester carbon. Planted in 2003 and certified organic since 2008, this tiny vineyard produces pinot noir like none other. Distinctively “Fancrest” in a way only vines intimately connected to limestone soils can deliver. Di is hands on from pruning to harvest and is most often found working alone in the vineyard. This is personal.

Greystone is an organic farm on the limestone hills of North Canterbury. The Thomas family converted a farm into 40 hectares of vines in 2004, with a few sheep to help with the weeding. Dom Maxwell, winemaker, has been a pioneer in fermenting outside in the specific rows where the grapes are grown. Through destemming outside, wild ferments in the vineyard, and organic viticulture we hope to share the beauty of where we live and grow.

When Takahiro Koyama, owner winemaker of Koyama Wines came to New Zealand in 2003, it was to study Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln. When he graduated in 2006 he became assistant winemaker at Mountford. He started to make his own wine and established Koyama Wines Limited. Grapes for Koyama Wines came from three local growers’ vineyards namely Williams’, Pearson’s and Tussock Terrace.
In 2017, Koyama Wines Limited purchased Mountford Estate and now all Koyama wines are produced at Mountford Estate.

Mount Brown Estates

https://mountbrown.co.nz

In 2002 Tony and his daughter Catherine stumbled on an abandoned Pinot Noir vineyard in the foothills of Mount Brown. Waste high in weeds it presented an irresistible challenge and has since gone on to produce Trophy and Gold medal winning wines.

Mt Beautiful Winery

http://mtbeautiful.co.nz

Owner, Scholar Entrepreneur, and New Zealand native David Teece believes his homeland features “the best products in the world, and the world should experience them.” Mt. Beautiful wines from North Canterbury reflect his passion for New Zealand. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David has found a way to truly represent the stunning richness of the land along with the
uncompromising quality and distinction that defines Mt. Beautiful.

Pegasus Bay Winery

http://www.pegasusbay.com/

North Canterbury is framed by the rugged Pacific Ocean to the east and the majestic Southern Alps to the west. The Waipara Valley is found here protected from the ocean winds by a range of hills providing a unique microclimate. The Pegasus Bay vineyard, now 35 years old and largely un-grafted sits on the north facing terraces of an ancient river bed. The Donaldson family, who own and run the estate, were pioneers of the region planting some of the first Pinot Noir vines in Canterbury.

After 15 years of extensively travelling the world, Mike and Claudia Weersing finally found their Pyramid Valley site in North Canterbury New Zealand. The home vineyard was established biodynamcially in 1999 and has been planted in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on scarp slopes, at a density of 10,000-12,000 vines per hectare. “Every gesture made in the vineyard and winery, is a summons to this spirit of place. Biodynamics, hand-based viticulture, low yields, natural winemaking – these are some of the means we’ve adopted better to record and transmit this voice”.

We’re biased but we feel we’ve been blessed with a slice of paradise. Our family vineyard is located on the terrace edge of the Waipara River, in North Canterbury, with a stunning view that one can never tire of. As guardians of the land, we believe it’s our job to care for, and tend the land as best we can. For us this means growing organically, working alongside the biological systems, rather than against them.
In 2018 our vineyard was named NZ’s Organic Vineyard of the Year.
Alongside the Terrace Edge label, we have created a social enterprise called ’27seconds’, a wine brand where 100% of the profits go towards helping survivors of slavery.

The Boneline is a figurative way of describing the Waipara river. Over millions of years the river has receded revealing fossils, rocky terraces and in turn informing the location of our plantings. The land is restless with low rainfall, katabatic valley winds and amphitheatre heat traps. We craft wines with resonance from vines planted by our family partnership founded in 1989. Younger people are drawn here contributing knowledge and commitment as The Boneline evolves.

The Crater Rim Ltd is a family-owned boutique winemaking company situated in the rolling hills of Waipara, in the South Island of New Zealand. They grow, make and market limited quantities of terroir-specific wines produced from their own two vineyards in Waipara, and Omihi and contracted sites in Central Otago and Banks Peninsula. These have been carefully selected for their particular mix of varietal, topography, soil and microclimate – creating high quality, site-specific wines of individual character and drinkability, styled on the negociant houses of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley in France. There, the careful selection of small parcels of estate and non-estate fruit for winemaking is a long held tradition. They manage their own vineyards and work closely with each grower to ensure that vines are cropped low and managed sustainably, guaranteeing the best quality fruit possible from each vineyard site.

Tussock Hill Vineyard

http://www.tussockhill.co.nz/

We are a boutique family owned organic vineyard, with our home block on the Port Hills of Christchurch and another in Waipara. We have an intergenerational vision for our vineyards, which means it is imperative we take care of our land. We are integrating regenerative agriculture, holistic livestock grazing and increasing our biodiversity through other cropping systems and native plantings. We aim to create a closed system to provide our family, cellar door and community with high quality organic wine and produce.

Gisborne

With just 43ha of Pinot Noir planted, Gisborne is a small player in the New Zealand Pinot pageant. The region is the country’s easternmost and is relatively remote. It has played a pivotal role in the industry’s rise. During the 1980s it carved out a reputation for its Chardonnay, and this remains by far the region’s most widely planted Variety.

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Hawkes Bay

Hawke’s Bay is the largest wine region in the North Island and the country’s second largest. It is also rich in wine history. Vines were first planted in the Bay in 1851 by French Marist Brothers. The winery they founded (today called Mission Estate) is New Zealand’s oldest and is still under the ownership of the Society of Mary.

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Martinborough / Wairarapa

The Wairarapa occupies the southeast corner of the North Island, sharing roughly the same latitude as Marlborough. Pinot Noir found a home here early. In the 1890s, retired gentleman farmer William Beetham and his French wife Hermance planted pinot in their Landsdowne vineyard near Masterton. Beetham was effusive in his praise for the grape in a 1901 press interview: “(Mr Beetham) has tried other varieties, but the Pineau Noir, his first favourite, still surpasses all others”

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Nelson

Small (though marginally larger than the Wairarapa) and tucked away in its sheltered pocket at the top of the South Island, Nelson is host to a tight core of dedicated pinot producers. The grape was first planted in the region in 1975 by the Austrian-born father of the Nelson wine industry, Hermann Seifried. In a region that has a strong reputation for the quality of its aromatic whites and chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape with 198ha in the ground.

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Marlborough

In ‘Sauvignon Central’, Pinot Noir was for many years a secondary consideration. The first plantings of the variety in Marlborough took place as far back as 1973, though for the next 20-plus years most of the pinot fruit grown in the region was used to make sparkling wine. Serious growth began after 2000. Over the first decade of the new millennium, pinot plantings expanded four-fold to cover 2000ha while the sparkling wine share as a percentage receded. Today the total area of Pinot Noir in Marlborough covers 2,669ha, the most of any region.

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North Canterbury

It was in North Canterbury during the 1970s that the South Island’s Pinot Noir potential started to be seriously explored through trials at Lincoln University. Subsequently, Danny Schuster’s gold medal-winning St Helena Pinot Noir 1982 is still seen as a seminal expression of the variety.

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Central Otago / Waitaki

The Waitaki Valley is a river corridor that runs from the South Island’s alpine heart down to the east cost, just north of Oamaru. Although the first vines were planted back in the mid-1980s, near Omarama, the first Waitaki Pinot Noir was a product of the 2003 vintage.

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