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Waipara (Canterbury)

Relatively new, even by New Zealand standards, the Waipara region is about an hours drive north of the beautiful city of Christchurch, and is probably more accurately described as a sub-region of the broader Canterbury region.waipara.jpg

Notwithstanding the fact than Montana, New Zealand’s largest producer, has planted some 200 hectares, Waipara is the domain of small, boutique producers.  Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay are the most important grape varieties planted here.

Sheltered by the mountain range to the west, most vineyards are on the flat, valley floor, but several noteworthy producers have moved into the lower hills further west where they have discovered limestone outcrops to plant their vineyards on.  The region’s best two producers, Bell Hill and Pyramid Valley both enjoy such soils - indeed, Bell Hill is actually planted on an old limestonre quarry!

This is indisputably a region to watch closely, especially for lovers of fine, elegant styles of wine.